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Texas A&M Formula SAE Team To Debut 2017 Racer At SXSW

March 11, 2017

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Texas A&M Racing’s 2017 Formula SAE race car will make its debut March 13 outside of “Texas A&M House” at the Hotel Van Zandt during South By Southwest (SXSW) before heading off to international competition this summer.

Each year, Texas A&M students take part in the Formula SAE international design competition, where they design and build a formula-style race car and compete against 500 student teams from around the world. In its 15-year history of competition the Texas A&M Racing team boasts five world championships and 20 individual event victories. The final product the team will put on display at SXSW will be a fully branded formula-style single-seat racecar.

Texas A&M is one of a handful of participating universities who incorporate the Formula SAE program into the senior curriculum for students in the College of Mechanical Engineering.

General Motors Chief Information Officer Ahmed Mahmoud, a 1987 Texas A&M graduate, will be on hand at the rollout.

“Texas A&M and General Motors have a long and proud partnership, not only in transformational learning initiatives such as the Formula SAE program, but in recruiting top-caliber students and transferring innovative technologies into a reality,” said Mahmoud.

For the first time ever, Texas A&M will be participating at the SXSW Festival and Conference in Austin during Interactive Week, March 10-15, showcasing the innovative work happening at the tier-one research institution.

SXSW is historically known for bringing together global professionals, brands and cutting-edge vendors from a diverse group of industries, and Texas A&M is one of just a handful of universities showcasing during Interactive Week.

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About Texas A&M University: Texas A&M, established in 1876 as the first public university in Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities with more than 66,000 students and more than 400,000 living alumni residing in over 150 countries around the world. It holds the rare land-, sea- and space-grant designations. Research conducted at Texas A&M represented annual expenditures of more than $892.7 million in fiscal year 2016. Texas A&M’s research creates new knowledge that provides basic, fundamental and applied contributions resulting, in many cases, in economic benefits to the state, nation and world. The school’s Lead by Example campaign is a comprehensive effort to raise $4 billion by the year 2020, making it the largest higher education campaign in Texas history and the second largest conducted nationally by a public university. Aggies are known for their deep commitment to the success of each other and a strong desire to serve.

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