07. February 2024

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Würth Elektronik Partners with Gator Motorsports as a Key Partner of UFSAE Student Chapter

Würth Elektronik, a leading global provider of electronic and electromechanical components, is proud to announce its partnership with Gator Motorsports, the University of Florida's Society of Automotive Engineers (UFSAE) student chapter. As a partner, Würth Elektronik is supporting UFSAE in its objective to design and build a high-performance electric racecar for international collegiate competitions.

UFSAE is a dynamic organization comprising interdisciplinary students who collaborate to create a cutting-edge Electric Formula-style racecar. Throughout the year, team members meticulously design, test, and manufacture nine different essential systems for the vehicle, including aerodynamics, suspension, chassis, brakes, drivetrain, cockpit, electrical hardware, firmware, and accumulator. Their goal is to maximize the performance, reliability, and safety of the racecar with a cost-effective approach. 

In the 2022–2023 season, Gator Motorsports faced the challenging task of transitioning to an electric powertrain and tractive system. During this season, the team competed in the FSAE Electric competition for the first time. Although the car did not participate in dynamic events, Gator Motorsports achieved a commendable 25th place out of 68 teams in the competition, with an impressive 13th place ranking in the design aspect. 

Gator Motorsports, established in 1991, has a rich history of competing annually at the Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, in the FSAE Electric Collegiate Design Competition. This competition is a proving ground for innovation and engineering excellence, and Gator Motorsports has consistently demonstrated its commitment to pushing the boundaries of electric vehicle technology.

Melissa Hansen, Customer Outreach Specialist at Würth Elektronik, expressed her enthusiasm for supporting student-run organizations, stating, "Würth Elektronik takes pride in backing student-run organizations. A team like Gator Motorsports fits right into our niche of e-mobility and transforming the future."

As part of their partnership, Würth Elektronik is providing Gator Motorsports with free samples upon request. This partnership underscores Würth Elektronik's commitment to fostering innovation in the field of electric vehicle technology and empowering the next generation of engineers.