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Duke University Motorsports is a team that is dedicated to the education and success of our students. Our mission as a student group at Duke University is to help talented students unlock their full potential by offering an unparalleled hands-on experience that focuses on creativity and problem-solving.

The members of Duke University Motorsports understand that the reason we exist is to help us learn, grow as leaders, and challenge ourselves beyond the classroom. Our team is dedicated to promoting STEM fields throughout the community and producing the most well-prepared students to leave Duke University. What we do as a team is not important to us as why we do it, which is why we encourage members to prioritize academics, become involved elsewhere on campus, and contribute to our culture of safety.

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Duke University Motorsports competes in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series under the Internal Combustion Division. Each year, the team designs and builds an open-wheel, formula-style race car from the ground up, testing and iterating upon each component as we go. Throughout the process, our team maintains a strong focus on integration and collaboration between subsystems in order to produce a cohesive final product.

Our goal is always to ultimately take our finished car to competition at the Michigan International Speedway. There, we are judged in a series of events which measure the safety, efficacy, and profitability of our race car in accordance with industry standards.

Events are divided into two categories: Static and Dynamic. Static events include Cost, Marketing, and Design Presentations, while Dynamic events include Acceleration, Skid Pad, Autocross, and Endurance. Teams are also required to submit a written design paper, cost report, and technical documents before competing, as well as pass a technical inspection to ensure all rules and regulations have been met and cars are safe and ready for handling.

Duke University Motorsports strives to take as many members as possible to Michigan each year. The competition is not only our chance to demonstrate our season of hard work, it’s also an unparalleled learning opportunity to see incredible feats of engineering from our peers and connect with students and industry professionals under a shared passion from around the world.

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