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Project Summary

Project Information

Problem Statement:

One of the most effective ways in which a racing team can reduce lap times is through driver development. It has been found that simulator training has been extremely effective in accomplishing this. RIT Racing seeks to give their student-drivers an opportunity to obtain a competitive edge through realistic simulator training with as close to “real world” feedback as possible. In a racing simulator, this feedback can be accomplished through several inputs: steering wheel, foot pedals, vehicle pitch, roll, and yaw. While most commercially available simulators are able to provide realistic wheel and pedal feedback for a reasonable price, vehicle pitch, roll, and yaw are only available on extremely costly simulators. Therefore, the scope of this project is to modify an RIT Formula SAE chassis to simulate pitch and roll at the very least.

The goal of this project is to produce a working simulator prototype, the corresponding design documents, a technical paper, and a poster. Any additional software produced for the vehicle movement system should not impair the software functionality of the commercial simulator that is to be selected. Additionally, the footprint of the simulator should fit in a 6'x8' area and minimal changes should be made to the chassis itself.

Project Title: Full-Motion Racing Simulator

Project Number: P20223

Start Term: 2191

End Term: 2195

Faculty Guide: Bill Nowak (

Primary Customer(s): RIT Racing, AJ Interrante (

Sponsors: ProFormance Coaching, Progressive Automations, VR Playground

Team Members

Andrew CocoMechanical Engineering

Chief Engineer
John LukowskiElectrical Engineering


Jacob MartinezElectrical EngineeringSystems
Brad SternerMechanical EngineeringProject
Hunter CyrMechanical Engineering

Caitlin BarronComputer Engineering

James BedardMechanical Engineering

Manufacturing Lead

Work Breakdown: By Phase

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Use this space to link to live/final documents throughout the project. Your team should customize this as-needed, with input from your guide and customer. The example below will address most of what most teams need to capture.

Project Management

Design Tools

Design Documentation



Presentation & Dissemination





Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases


Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection


Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout



Test Fixtures


Test Plans

Analysis Results


Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper


Imagine RIT Exhibit




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