Welcome to Wolfpack Motorsports.
We are a student-run organization at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina. We design, build, and compete with two different forms of racecars in annual collegiate competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Our program is housed under the College of Engineering at N.C. State, but any member of the student body, graduate or undergraduate, can be a member regardless of your major. The unique opportunity to design and build a new racecar from scratch every year gives students a wealth of hands on engineering experience working on something they enjoy. Students studying engineering are given a chance to apply what they learn in the classroom and develop important skills that are applicable in the automotive engineering field. Several graduates involved in Wolfpack Motorsports have proceeded on to jobs in the auto-racing industry for teams such as Hendrick Motorsports, Richard Childress Racing, and Penske Racing. Many graduates have also gained jobs in the automtotive engineering field working for companies such as Carerra Shocks and Honda Motor Company. Please visit the Alumni page for more information on our graduates.
Society of Automotive Engineers
The Society of Automotive Engineers oversees the Formula SAE and Mini Baja competitions that our students compete in. They are an international organization consisting of over 90,000 members focused on improving mobility technology to better serve society. The organization hosts 9 Formula SAE competitions and 7 Mini Baja competitions around the world. N.C. State competes in the U.S. Formula SAE and Mini Baja competitions every year. More information about the Society of Automotive Engineers can be found on their website: www.sae.org
Wolfpack Motorsports houses two teams, Mini Baja and Formula SAE. Students tend to focus their work on one team or the other, but there is plenty of time to work on both cars if you want. The Formula SAE car is a single seater, open wheel vehicle powered by a 600cc motorcycle engine. These cars are built for optimum acceleration and handling capabilities, launching from 0-60mph in just over 3 seconds and able to sustain a 1.5g turn. The Mini Baja car is an off road vehicle powered by a spec 10hp Briggs & Stratton engine. With 13 inches of suspension travel, the car is built to traverse a variety of obstacles and jumps. The cars are designed and built from scratch by the students every year, giving rise to many technical innovations and unique design ideas. For more information on the cars and each team, please visit the Formula and Baja pages.
Wolfpack Motorsports consists of a hard working group of students who enjoy designing, building, and testing cars. Everyone who is interested, regardless of experience tinkering on cars or other vehicles, is welcome to come and work in any area they choose. You can learn how to machine and weld, or learn the intricacies in the design of a certain aspect of the car. An extraordinary amount of work goes into both cars and there are many late nights spent at the shop. Students with leadership roles tend to spend 40-50 hours a week, sometimes more, working on the design and construction of the cars. However, newer members can expect to invest about 5-10 hours a week learning new skills and working on specific projects. If you are interested in cars, racing, or hands on projects of any sort feel free to come by the shop and see what we are all about. Visit the Contact page for directions or if you need a ride to the shop just send us an email.
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