Gryphon Racing is a student run club that aims to build and compete with an open wheeled, high performance race car on a yearly basis for competition in Formula SAE sanctioned competitions. Formula SAE is a collegiate design competition open to student teams from universities and colleges worldwide. From FSAE website
“The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving”. (SAE , 2012)
Founded in 2002 the team competed with its first car in less than a year. Since then the team has constructed 14 cars, including the first all-wheel drive car to compete at a FSAE competition. The car is evaluated on several different aspects split into static and dynamic events. Static events include design and cost reports and a presentation to competition judges; dynamic events include an autocross, skid-pad, acceleration, endurance, and fuel economy events. Points are available in each event and awards are given out for the top performing teams in individual events and overall performance.