THE TEAM

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Bulldogs Racing is the Yale University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).  The team designs and produces hybrid-powered, formula-style racecars for the Formula-Hybrid Competition.  Held annually by SAE in Loudon, New Hampshire, the Formula-Hybrid Competition is the most demanding of SAE’s collegiate design competitions.

A Brief Team History

In 2006, Yale College seniors working under the guidance of Professor John Morrell designed and constructed a car to compete in the inaugural Formula Hybrid Competition.  The car was built under the auspices of a mechanical engineering design seminar, and the nominal budget and the small size of the team proved impediments to success.  In 2008, the core group of engineers founded Bulldogs Racing — a Yale Undergraduate Organization.  Since 2008, Bulldogs Racing has grown by leaps and bounds to become a world-renowned racing team.  In 2010, the car won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Award (second place) and was a finalist in the design competition.  The team grew from its experiences in the 2010 competition, and after diligent development and careful work over the course of several years, Bulldogs Racing fielded BR13. At the 2013 competition, Bulldogs Racing became international champions.  Our car was named the Formula-Hybrid Best Hybrid Vehicle overall having posted the fastest times in all three dynamic events. The vehicle won the Ford Most Efficient Hybrid Award (first place), the Chrysler Innovation award (first place), and the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System award (second place). We came in fourth place at the 2014 competition.

Bulldogs Racing Today

Though racing and competition drive the organization forward, education lies at its core. Bulldogs Racing aims to:

  • Develop the engineering and business skills of its members
  • Prepare students for careers in a wide variety of fields
  • Give members fluency with CAD design software, machining and welding equipment, electronic systems design, systems optimization, computer programming, composites design, proper safety practices, and business administration
  • Represent Yale University, the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and its sponsors as an ambassador for engineering education

Bulldogs Racing strives to be a venue for innovation in engineering.  By educating its members, providing the resources for creative problem solving, and expecting excellence at every step, Bulldogs Racing has risen above its competition.

We’re excited for what this season holds, and we hope you’ll follow us on our journey:

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THE NEWS

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Itching to get back behind the steering wheel, Bulldogs Racing booked Yale’s West Campus parking lot and set up an auto-cross circuit to give new members the opportunity to experience BR14 for themselves. We braved the cold and nearly every member got a chance to take BR14 for a spin. Towards the end of our track day, however, the car sustained some damage to due to contact with a curb. We already have repairs underway. The track day provided us with invaluable data on braking, cornering, and acceleration that we will use as benchmarks for the new chassis. Looking forward, we plan to participate in more autocross and track events.

Development of the new chassis has begun with the various sub-teams holding initial design meetings. Each team has started brainstorming ideas to make BR16 the best chassis so far. We are making the transition from hybrid to allelectric for this upcoming competition cycle and look forward to the design challenges we will have to overcome. We plan to fine tune suspension and steering, test a brand new composite firewall, and take advantage of vehicle dynamics simulations. We are also designing the first ever Bulldogs Racing Driver Training Program.

While the engineers are working hard on the car, the finance team is busy kicking off the 2015-2016 sponsorship campaign. Yale SEAS and Chevron have been generous enough to kickstart the season, and IPG and SolidWorks have provided software for development, but we have a long way to go if we want to make it to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

SPONSORSHIP

The work of Bulldogs Racing is made possible by generous contributions from private and corporate donors. Donations are made in all types and sizes — ranging from cash donations to in-kind donations of parts and services — but every gift made is integral to the success of the team. We have recently kicked off our sponsorship campaign for the 2015-2016 season; you can find our financial compendium here.

The benefits of sponsorship are reciprocal.  Your corporate logo may appear on the side of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science’s flagship, you’ll have unparalleled recruitment access to Yale’s finest engineering and business minds, and you may have the chance to take the BR14 out for a spin on track days.  The rewards of sponsoring Bulldogs Racing can be immense.

If you are interested in sponsoring the team, or if you’d like more information, please contact our captains at claire.mallon@yale.edu or taha.ramazanoglu@yale.edu and we will respond within one business day.

OUR SPONSORS

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PREVIOUS SPONSORS

    • Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science
    • Boeing
    • Novotechnik
    • National Instruments
    • Measurement specialities
    • Burns & McDonnell
    • Yale Science and Engineering Association
    • Ask Power
    • High Purity
    • Profox
    • Aurora
    • Andy’s Autosport
    • SolidWorks
    • GraybaR
    • Center for Engineering Innovation and Design

     

    We thank all our previous sponsors for their support during the 2014 season. We would not be as successful as a team without their generous donations.

OUR PEOPLE

IMG_0419-cropped Claire Mallon
Co-Captain
IMG_0414-cropped Taha Ramazanoglu
Co-Captain
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Treasurer and Chief of Finance
Bench-11 Dante Archangeli
Mechanical Team Lead
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Electrical Team Lead
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Brand Manager
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Garage Head
IMG_0387-cropped Veena Advani IMG_0405-cropped Bhavani Ananthabhotla IMG_0392-cropped Maxim Baranov
IMG_0428-cropped Josh Chang IMG_0398-cropped Wooje Chang IMG_0443-cropped Vincent Huang
IMG_0425-cropped Yossi Kohrman-Glaser IMG_0384-cropped Mrinal Kumar IMG_0389-cropped Holden Leslie-Bole
IMG_0416-cropped Tommy Liao IMG_0397-cropped Berk Manav IMG_0381-cropped Scott Smith

ADVISORS

lmDr. Joseph Zinter lm-2Joseph Belter connorConnor Durkin jamesJames Volz

CONTACT US

Do you want to learn more about what Bulldogs Racing does?  Are you a Yale student looking to apply to the team?  No matter why you’re interested in Bulldogs Racing, we want to hear from you!  Please contact our captains at claire.mallon@yale.edu or taha.ramazanoglu@yale.edu and you’ll hear back from us within one business day.