Bound Volume Number


Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Summer 8-9-2017

Capstone Advisor

Mark Povinelli

Honors Reader

Frederick Carranti

Capstone Major

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Capstone College

Engineering and Computer Science

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racecar, suspension system

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Sciences and Engineering

Subject Categories

Applied Mechanics | Other Mechanical Engineering


This honors thesis presents the design, measurement, and analysis of an open-wheeled formula racecar suspension system. This racecar is the second iteration of Syracuse University’s Citrus Racing team student competition vehicle. The race car’s suspension system features several designs that enable geometric adjustability to impact the vehicles dynamic performance. The purpose of this research is to find an analytic approach to verifying the correlation between suspension design tunings and their effect on vehicle handling and road holding capacity. This was done by analyzing measured data obtained from a system of damper-mounted travel sensors as the vehicle drives through numerous realistic competition scenarios.

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