Date: May 14, 2007
Eaton Superchargers To Power 2008 Formula SAE Teams
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. … Diversified industrial manufacturer Eaton Corporation today announced it will donate more than 100 of its M24 Roots-type superchargers to university student teams competing in the 2008 Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) race on May 14-18, 2008 at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) in Brooklyn, Mich.
The annual competition challenges teams of SAE student members to conceive, design and build formula-style racecars and compete in a variety of autocross events. The teams spend approximately one year building and preparing vehicles for the competition. The vehicles, which must meet specific high-performance design objectives, for acceleration, braking and handling; are judged and compared to competitors’ vehicles from colleges and universities around the world.
“We are pleased to donate these superchargers to the students who work so diligently to squeeze out every ounce of performance they can,” said Jeff Romig, vice president and general manager of Eaton’s supercharger business. “The Formula SAE program is an excellent venue to demonstrate the capabilities of supercharging and help the students to better understand the Eaton Roots design.”
“SAE International is grateful to Eaton for its on-going commitment to the Collegiate Design Series,” said Robert Sechler, manager of SAE’s Collegiate Design Series. “Eaton is an important partner and we value this company’s participation in our series.”
SAE International, formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), is a global aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle engineering society with more than 90,000 members in 100 nations. The society’s name was legally changed in 2006 to reflect member involvement from all aspects of the mobility industries.
Eaton is the world’s largest manufacturer of original equipment superchargers. The first application of an Eaton Roots-type supercharger debuted on the 1989 Ford Thunderbird Super Coupe. Since, Eaton superchargers have appeared on the Buick Park Avenue UltraTM, Buick RegalTM, Pontiac Grand PrixTM, Ford Mustang Cobra SVTTM, Ford Lightening SVTTM, MINI CooperSTM, Jaguar XKRTM, Range Rover SportTM, Cadillac STS-VTM, Cadillac XLR-VTM, Chevrolet Cobalt SSTM, Saturn Ion RedlineTM and the Mustang Shelby GT500TM.
Eaton Corporation is a diversified industrial manufacturer with 2006 sales of $12.4 billion. Eaton is a global leader in electrical systems and components for power quality, distribution and control; fluid power systems and services for industrial, mobile and aircraft equipment; intelligent truck drivetrain systems for safety and fuel economy; and automotive engine air management systems, powertrain solutions and specialty controls for performance, fuel economy and safety. Eaton has 61,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 125 countries. For more information, visit www.eaton.com.
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