SFC: Advantage Chevrolet Bolt Over Tesla Model S, & Among Others in California electric car sales in 2017

It would seem Tesla has some competition in the electric car market in California, according to a business article by the San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 28.

And its challenger: the Chevrolet Bolt.

David R. Baker further documents the Bolt in the following block quote:

The Chevrolet Bolt topped electric car registrations in the state last year, according to the report from the California New Car Dealers Association and Auto Outlook, Inc. A total of 13,487 Bolts were sold or leased in California, compared with 11,813 Tesla Model S sedans. The vast difference in prices — the Bolt starts at $36,620, while the most basic version of a Model S costs $74,500 — may have something to do with the ranking.      — David R. Baker, SFC Business Reporter


1st Generation Tesla Model S on display at the University Town Center mall in Sarasota, FL.

Interestingly, Baker writes in the following excerpt that illustrates California’s 2017 electric car sales. Though Tesla is not the Bolt’s only sales competitor.

California electric car sales in 2017

Chevrolet Bolt: 13,487

Tesla Model S: 11,813

Tesla Model X: 6,910

Fiat 500: 4,943

Nissan Leaf: 4,418

VW Golf: 3,202

David R. Baker


With more car companies entering the electric car market, it would seem that this particular automotive class is projected to grow over the course of time, both nationally and globally. Now the question is: What other car companies will be next on the diving board, to jump into the pool of the electric car market?


Reflection Post: Don Garlits Private Tour Video

I recorded this video of the Don Garlits Private Tour on my mobile phone, as reference for writing my feature story  about his racing career and car museum business for my school’s online news site.



Clearing the photo gallery of all pictures and videos on my phone, and having them stored on a hard drive, I came across video clips from the private tour. I even went out of my way and made an hour and a half video on Adobe Premiere Pro, storing it with my other video collections in my hard drive.

After watching the whole video, I could not help but feel that I made more than just a video, it was a story. It was a story I wanted to share with the world, illustrating not only the story of an American racing legend and pioneer of motor sports, but to share his story from my perspective on YouTube.

I did just that one year ago.

28,000 plus views later, and counting, my private tour video received mostly positive reviews — complimenting my work in sharing a piece of American history through the scope of 21 Century media technology. And it was all shot through the lenses of a mobile cellular device.

Though my biggest critique, according to some of the comments posted regarding my video, is the vertical shot I took of the entire tour. And the truth to what they said, is that watching a vertical video is a total eye sore because it limits the video’s horizontal background of the subject, as well as the subject’s environment.



As I write this post, I take these lessons to heart and build off them for future video projects. And when it comes to professional video quality, grasping the concepts of video shooting and editing techniques, is vital because audience members want to be engaged with rich insight and imagery — through the horizontal lens. It is also important for people recording videos on their phones for fun, so that their friends and family will be able to see everything in the video’s frame.

Overall, it is my belief that my video turned out well, if not perfect. My favorite is the transitions I added on Adobe Premiere Pro, which was used as a means to limit jump cuts, as Garlits casually moves onto another chapter of his storybook career while guiding his guests through his garage and automotive showroom hangar at his Ocala-based drag racing museum. What Garlits story shows is not only a reflection of his accomplishments as a professional drag racer and automotive engineer, it is knowledge of working hard in the mechanical engineering world, through encouraging the next generation of innovators to possess a creative mind. Whether people aspire to become automotive engineers, architects, or graphic arts designers, creativity and expertise are more than just qualities in a professional — they are gifts. And it is these gifts that keep on giving, and shape who they are.

Rolex 24 Hours Of Daytona Race Predictions


In only its first-year return to IMSA, Cadillac teams in the Prototype category averaged 7 race wins out of the 10 races they entered during the 2017 Weathertech SportsCar Championship season. Among their victories was in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, achieved by Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R over Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac.

Since the American Le Mans series merged with the Rolex Sportscar Series in 2014, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling team has been a top-five finishing car in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, including a win in the 52nd annual race.  Expect the No. 5 and No. 31 AXR entries to be the front runners in terms of track performance and pit strategy, unless Wayne Taylor Racing’s No. 10 Cadillac will close down the gap in time like last year.


GT Le Mans

In GT Le Mans, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing have been fastest in five out of the seven total practice sessions, with the No. 67 Ford GT collecting P1 three times while its sibling and defending GTLM class winner, the No. 66,  paces the field twice around the 3.56-mile Florida circuit.

With the two Ford GT’s qualifying P1 and P3, the CGR entries will likely expect close competition from the Corvette Racing squad, including from Risi Competizione’s prancing horse stable and the Porsche GT Team.     


GT Daytona


Going from the Dodge Viper GT3-R to a Mercedes AMG GT3 in a three month conversion, the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports entry last year crept through the GT Daytona field from midpack, finishing the race in P3. The whole No. 33 team would then go on to win the 12 Hours of Sebring, and clinch the North American Endurance Cup at Road Atlanta.   

Qualifying 11th out of only 21 cars in GTD, the No. 33 Riley team could potentially put themselves in position to average another podium run because of their long-run pace, just like in last year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona — and perhaps a potential class win.

To get to the front, the Riley boys would have to catch the likes of Lamborghini, Audi, Porsche, Ferrari, and even Acura in race trim. Not to mention, keeping pace with Father Time for 24 hours mistake free.   

Keselowski Seeks First MIS Win, Logano Seeking Race Win Into Chase Playoffs

(Video from NASCAR’s official YouTube account)

2012 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski has been close to winning at Michigan International Raceway in NASCAR’s top national series, his home race track.

With six career top five finishes in his last 17 races in the MENCS, among them a second place average during Keselowski’s championship winning season Aug 19, 2012, according to driveraverages.com — the Rochester Hills native and Team Penske look to return back to winning ways in the Irish Hills.

According to Zack Albert’s online NASCAR.com article, the driver of the No. 2 Miller Lite Ford Fusion averaged “203.097 mph” around MIS, with his Team Penske ally, Joey Logano, starting on the front row. Surprisingly, Albert’s reports says Logano was only “.006 seconds” off the pole during the final five minutes of qualifying.

Keselowski’s pole position at MIS is his first since Las Vegas Motorspeedway on March 12, according to racing-reference.info.

Logano said in a Facebook Live video by Team Penske that his second place qualifying effort is a big improvement compared to the previous MENCS races piloting his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Ford, and if a two-time winner this season, he hopes that advancing into the chase playoffs will be imminent.

In the last Michigan race, Kyle Larson won his third career MENCS race win at the 2-mile oval from the pole. Can Keselowski get his first win at MIS, or will it be Logano’s turn at taking home the checkered flag to secure his place among the 16 drivers in the 2017 Chase for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup? All will be revealed when the checkered flag waves 400 miles later, so strap yourself in and leave your TV clicker tuned in on NBCSN.


Recognizing Historical Innovation

My first car show video made since filming footage of the  65th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

I made this specifically to show detailed shots of classic cars at the 2nd Annual TT #330 Brunch Bunch Cruise In in Tampa, Florida.

The central theme of this video is to convey that car shows in the United States are organized as both an attraction for auto and non-auto enthusiasts of all age groups, and an event honoring automotive innovation from the past and present.

From my experience, cars shows are more than just a place for car people to gaze at vintage machinery, it is an event where people learn about the historical success of America’s automotive industry from car owners who have been following the U.S. auto market. At the same time, it is a social gathering for car owners to share stories about their cars to the public because car owners at these show venues all have a story to tell about their cars.

Automotive Videography: My New Passion Project


Canon Vixia HF R800 Camcorder. (Photo by Dan Fisher)

I use to record videos on my smartphone, until my brother and his friends got me this Canon Vixia HFR800 Cam Corder.

After shooting video of my friend’s Toyota Truckolla project in February from my cell phone, Nikola Vlacic said to me in a phone conversation that I did very well in shooting video, and I can do even better through the use of a camcorder. He said he believed me using an actual video camera, and editing video would be a great skill set to show on my resume in pursuing a rewarding career.

Since then, I used my new camera for filming car-related activities, such as vlogging about my time at the junk yard and attending an open autocross event in Brooksville, Florida.

Though my first time using the camcorder was at the 65th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring in March, a motor racing venue I have been going to since 2013 — which is a place I call my vacation home because of my interest in cars and racing.

From my experience at Sebring International Raceway, it was hot and dry during the day, and freezing cold at night. Though the weather itself failed to weigh down my drive to film the race from every turn and sector of the 3.74-mile road circuit, for I was determined to capture the best shots based on the perspective of my naked eyes.

After spending time window shopping around the race merchandise huts before the start of the race, I strolled over to the hairpin of Turn 7 to begin my video making expedition — regarded as “Sebring’s most famous turn,” according to my race day viewing guide brochure.

The green flag waved at about 10 a.m. for the 12 hour race, as the field of 46 cars roared through Turn One Suites and Kristensen Corner while each competitor raced each other neck and neck, double filed.

About five laps later, I plotted a course to Cunningham Corner (the 10th turn of the racetrack after the Fangio Chicane) to capture more shots of race cars entering and exiting through sharp turns after driving flat out through the chicane. My desire to capture this shot, and the previous scene at the hairpin is to give a visual of the challenge drivers face in the precision of approaching turns on a racetrack without crashing either into other cars, or into the guard rails near where spectators see the action.

My journey then brings me to Bishop Bend (Turn 14) where I video recorded the cars accelerating after the Tower Turn onto Flying Fortress Straight, with the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s and Oreca FLM09’s roaring off into the horizon leading toward Gendebien Bend (Turn 15) and the Le Mans Curve (Turn 16). My brochure says Sebring Airport near Turn 13 “gives a unique historic context” of Sebring Raceway, which was a shot I felt eager to capture behind the lenses.

Tired and thirsty from the hot, dry weather, I decided to film the final turn of Sebring near Sunset Bend before heading back to camp to have lunch, and play baseball using random fruit and Nikola Vlacic’s numb chucks for a baseball bat. I would eventually return back to Turn 17 because my brochure said Turn 17 is among the recommended places to shoot by catching “the cars as they accelerate out of Sebring’s longest turn.”


Me on TV on the left filming footage of post-race celebration, cursor pointed at my face while wearing a University of South Florida. It’s funny that I was filming in the middle of Fox Sports 1’s coverage of the 12 Hours of Sebring — talk about making television history.  (Screenshot by Dan Fisher)

As the sun heads off to bed for the night around 8:18 p.m., the evening skies reveals its natural beauty — in addition to the United Launch Alliance Delta IV complimenting the night skies while blasting off into space. Just the perfect time to film the racing action at night both at Turn 7, and 17.

Although my video did not have the best of quality during the evening, for I am still learning the methods of video making and photography, I believe that the experience of filming a motor racing event was a life-changing moment for myself. I enjoyed it to the extent that I considered video making or photography as another professional career path to pursue. As I filmed the victory celebrations at Sebring, I began reflecting on how far I have come in my life in learning various technical skill sets — not just magazine journalism writing.

Now working part time as a beach attendant at Sharkey’s On The Pier in Venice, Florida while being active on my automotive blog, I feel more motivated than ever to continue this passion project I created in July 2016, even after I graduate with my bachelor’s degree in December. While pursuing my dream career in automotive magazine journalism, I have decided to continue using this blog as a foundation builder to express my passion for cars, and talents in multimedia works while earning money at my job to help sustain my standard of living.

This post is by no means to exaggerate or brag about what I do in my spare time, but rather provide a visual documentation of doing something I love and feel passionate about doing because I love my work while working at my own pace. I love making and presenting these multimedia projects because cars and motor racing are to me a work of art, and a way of life.




Motor Man Dan: 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R

Corvette Photoshop Draft

(Image and photoshopped by Dan Fisher)

This is a photo of a 2016 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 C7.R, which was taken on a Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I chose to take this picture of the Corvette because the sunlight illuminated through the tree foliage, making the car’s image look not too bright or too dark from the sun.

Corvette Photoshop

(Photo by Dan Fisher)

Though the light in the background is very bright, I began adjusting the hue and saturation levels to make the color more sophisticated with the sunlight.

By the completion of the project, my belief is that I used the sunlight from the background to my advantage based on my understanding of using of Adobe Photoshop CC (2017). If there was one area of improvement that can be done to this picture, taking the picture in the morning would help make the background light less radiant, enough to see the cars and bushes more crystal clear. Overall, I give the project a 4/5 rating.

Team Growth, Building Experience

(Video by Daniel “Dan” Fisher)

The first time Maxwell Dorion, 26, joined the University of South Florida Racing team, he said his motivation was to work on cars and be a team player.

A native from Seminole, Florida, Dorion said his first meeting with the Society of Automotive Engineers in the Fall 2016 semester was a life adjustment after transferring from St. Petersburg College with an associate’s degree.

“When I went to one of the club meetings, I was surprised at first how busy the team was in building Formula-style race cars,” Dorion said. “Eventually, I became use to the atmosphere after being assigned as the lead suspension designer because I worked as an auto mechanic and I enjoy working on vehicle dynamics.”

Upon his debut with the Bulls motor racing team at the 2017 Formula South Invitational event at Kennesaw State in Georgia, the mechanical engineering major had the opportunity to drive the SAE team’s F2016 racecar because of Dorion’s background hobby in autocross racing. Before the FSAE event, Dorion said he attended his first practice session with the F2016 on campus as a means to sharpen his driving skills for dynamic events.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpALQLqsZbA  (Video from the official USF SAE YouTube channel)

“I did some practice laps in one of the student parking lots with the team’s racecar,” Dorion said. “The idea for having me test the car was to come to grips with its speed and handling, which I had a lot of fun behind the wheel.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lujrh6mH4A (Video from the officials USF SAE YouTube channel)

Over time, Dorion’s hard work and team player skills contributed to helping USF Racing co-drive to a 3rd place finish during the dynamic events at the Formula South Invitational.


Picture of USF Racing’s F2015 car at Formula SAE Lincoln, which placed 6th overall after completing both static and dynamic events in 2015. (Screenshot by Dan Fisher from the 2016 Formula SAE Michigan guide book)

USF Racing was among the eight Formula SAE teams that competed at Formula South Invitational, which the team has been building and testing Formula-style race cars every year since 2005. With Formula SAE Michigan 2017 being next on the team’s schedule, USF Racing expects continuing growth within their organization after a 47th place finish overall out of 115 FSAE teams in last year’s FSAE Michigan.  


USF Racing shop located on campus in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Dan Fisher)

According to the team’s online website, USF Racing is part of the Society of Automotive Engineers, which is a student run club that collectively designs, fabricates, and races Formula-style racecars located beside USF Parking and Transportation Services in the ENR building. The club’s website says it comprises both undergraduate and graduate students from all majors, which handles a monetary budget and a multitude of company partnerships which allows members to build skills in marketing, finance, and project management.


USF Racing front door entrance to the team’s office and workshop. (Photo by Dan Fisher)

USF Racing originally began as an off-road team called “BAJA SAE” in 1999, where “students are tasked to design and build an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain and in the East competition—water.” In 2005, the team switched to building single-seater Formula cars in Formula SAE to challenge their car’s performance and efficiency.

The idea of Formula SAE, according to SAE International, is to portray teams as a “fictional” manufacturing companies assigned to build a small prototype “Formula-style race car” to be evaluated and determined for the potential of becoming a production car for the industry market. The rules of FSAE also said that each vehicle is judged “by experts from motorsports, automotive, aerospace and supplier industries on student design, cost and sales presentations.”

Zachary Evling, president and team captain of USF Racing, says the club embraces teamwork and diversity while educating members hands-on skills that are not taught in the classroom. He said the goal for FSAE is for team members to partake in hands-on projects involving the planning and manufacturing of machine products to introduce to consumers in the industrial market.

“It is a program designed to teach students hands-on skills that can help prepare them for an industrial career,” Evling said. “Although we are a team that focuses on the building of Formula-style race cars because it is fun and cool to do, USF Racing wants its members to gain a skill set for building projects and have an appreciation for innovation.”

When Evling first joined USF Racing in the Fall of 2015, he said working day and night on building FSAE racecars was also an acclimation.

After only two weeks of contemplation, the California native motivated himself to be a USF Racing member because of his interest in automobiles and motor racing. But most importantly, learning and improving his skill set in technical design, he said, was paramount in pursuing a future career in industrial engineering.

A Race Against Time: Finalizing The F2016


Digital rough sketch of the F2016’s design, which was used as a template in the hands-on manufacturing of the car for competition. (Screenshot by Dan Fisher from Andrew Nelson’s office computer on the Safe Works program)

In the Spring of 2016, Evling advanced himself to the position of Vice President of USF Racing, including the lead aerodynamics and suspension designer for the team’s F2016 car.

With a 6th place result at Formula SAE Lincoln and a 66th overall finish at Formula SAE Michigan in the 2015, members of USF Racing were committed to build off of their success in both static and dynamic events. Though the building of the F2016 was no easy task for Evling and his USF Racing members.

“Spring 2016 was a challenge for all of our members in manufacturing the F2016 car,” Evling said. “It was also challenging for me because I was the vice president of the team while serving as the lead aero and suspension designer, which was difficult in managing my time at school.”

Andrew Nelson, USF Racing’s public relations director, said it was a matter of time management among club members to finalize the F2016 for its unveiling ceremony.

“There was intense, sleepless nights at the shop,” Nelson said. “There was even a lack of sleep from the members because among the tasks was putting the vinyls on the car for its unveiling ceremony.”

Nelson recalls the team’s overwhelming rush of completing their open-wheel car, with each member working their fingers to the bone.

In Nelson’s newsletter from April 2016, he wrote that despite the deadline for the car’s unveiling and Formula SAE Michigan fast approaching, USF Racing were successful in submitting their completed “600 page cost report” for the Michigan static event.

USF Racing’s F2016 car from the unveiling ceremony at the Galleria building at USF. (Image courtesy by Roger Cox from USFRacing.com)

After working around the clock day and night, members of USF Racing completed the F2016 car for its unveiling ceremony. According to USF Racing’s June 2016 news release , the F2016 not only got a new paint scheme, the team improved their engine and aerodynamic concept for the car.

(Screenshot by Dan Fisher from the 2016 Formula SAE Michigan guide book)

“Also new this year was the turbo we mounted to our single cylinder Suzuki LTR 450 engine,” Nelson said in the June edition. “It creates about 60 horsepower and 38 ft/lbs of torque, a gain of eight horsepower and 5ft/lbs from last year.”

Nelson also wrote that the team revised their “aerodynamic package” for the F2016 to increase its efficiency, creating “60 lbs of downforce at 30 miles per hour with fewer wing elements on the rear wing.”

The Road To Michigan

Once the F2016’s unveiling drew its final curtain, the “1,200 plus trip” to Michigan then became the second act for USF Racing.


(Screenshot by Dan Fisher from the 2016 Formula SAE Michigan guidebook)

Nelson said in his newsletter that the Michigan trip to Camp Mcgregor took about over “1,200” miles from Tampa. However, while the team traveled in two groups so that Team Captain, Michael Ramos, and his group can spend time extracting enough data from testing their F2016 racecar before driving off to Michigan.

After two days of nonstop driving, and driver swapping for eight to 10 hours straight, the team arrived at Camp Mcgregor, each team member started setting up camp before heading to the 2-mile oval to register their car for Michigan FSAE.

Crunch Time, Go Forth F2016!

FSAEMichigan(Screenshot by Dan Fisher from the 2016 Formula SAE Michigan guidebook)

Thursday was the first day of FSAE competition, where 115 teams from across the United States registered their cars and inspected them before the static events.

“The point of inspection was to verify that every team’s car is safe to drive and meets competition regulations,” Evling said. “The static events were scheduled to where teams have to move from station to station, each of our members cover the cost report presentation, the design team covers the design presentation while our other teammates conduct the business presentation. It was a busy day then because we had to keep moving our car over to every station to present it to the judges, which made it a bit stressful to keep our focus in presenting our year-long project.”   
Nelson said FSAE teams present their cars to the judges while covering the design features of their product in their cost report, including the amount of money and time spent during the manufacturing process.

“During the static events, teams present a binder on what they have done in building their car, such as the car’s aero and suspension modifications,” Nelson said. “After the presentation, the judges then ask questions about the work that was done to the car.”
Nelson said the benefit of participating in the Design, Business Presentations, and Cost events is so that teams gain expert advice on how to improve the quality of their cars while learning how team members can apply the lessons from the static events in their professional endeavors.  

According to the official Formula SAE Michigan 2016 results, USF Racing averaged a 39th place finish out of 115 teams in the Design event, including 92nd in Presentation and 32nd in Cost.

Once Friday came, USF Racing and the 115 other teams took their cars out on the back straightaway of MIS to begin Formula SAE Michigan’s dynamic events.

Among the dynamic events was autocross. As stated in the 2017-2018 Formula SAE rules, the idea of autocross is to evaluate the car’s maneuverability and handling qualities on
a tight course without the hindrance of competing cars. FSAE also says autocross courses combine the performance features of acceleration, braking, and cornering into one event, and the average speeds of the FSAE car must produce about 40 km/hr (25 mph) to 48 km/hr (30 mph).

Here is a sample video of the Global Formula Racing from Oregon State University attempting some hot laps on the autocross layout at Formula SAE Michigan in 2016.

Nelson’s June 2016 newsletter documented the events from the autocross session, which proved to be a day of adversity for the Florida based race team.

“During our Autocross event, I was the first person to see Gary (De La Rosa) grind to a halt on the hairpin on the farthest point of the track,” Nelson said in the newsletter. “Through the fence, I yelled out, ‘What’s wrong Gary!’. Gary yelled back, ‘The front wing failed,’ so I ran all the way back to the team standing by the pit cart to tell them what happened.”

Nelson said quick repairs to the front wing were made with only 20 minutes left in the session.

“The lower canards of the car’s front wing were dragging on the ground pretty bad, which scratched the carbon fiber as if someone took a belt sander to it,” Nelson said, looking back on the Michigan event. “Because of the rain, it gave our team extended time to make more repairs to the front wing for Gary to get back on the track to earn points for autocross.”

Saturday morning’s Endurance event proved to be a cold and rainy experience, said Nelson. This dynamic event, Nelson said, judges each car’s performance on a fix time duration based on fuel economy and engine reliability.

The pouring of rain and hail continued to distract the competition from the task at hand, leaving USF Racing members and other FSAE teams frustrated and confused of the track conditions.

“The rain kept pouring down on Gary’s run in only his first 10 laps, which made the session difficult to run on slick tires,” Nelson said.

After running on wet track conditions, which were dominated by a downpour of rain and hail, USF Racing averaged 97.9 points in the Endurance session, including an efficiency score of 69.5 points. Overall, FSAE officials gave USF Racing a combined result of 486.2 points from the static and dynamic events, averaging 47th out of 115 teams, as compared to the team’s 66th place result in the 2015 event.  

Nelson said for the first time in the team’s history, USF Racing completed all dynamic events at FSAE Michigan, despite endeavoring a cold and rainy endurance session.

“After competition, we went back to Camp McGregor to rest before leaving for Tampa the next day,” Nelson said.

Nelson said in his newsletter that USF Racing focused their efforts on testing the F2016 during the summer to extract more data in the attempt to maximize the car’s performance. In addition, the team began accepting new members and drivers to be trained for FSAE competition.     

Learning & Improving As A Team


USF2017CarUSF Racing members gather for a team photo next to the F2017 during the unveiling ceremony at USF’s Galleria building on campus. (Photo by Dan Fisher)

Now the president of USF Racing, Evling says he is determined to contribute his leadership in educating new members every year about automotive design.

“It is an invaluable experience for a lot of people to be involved in SAE, whether their field of study is mechanical engineering or industrial engineering,” Evling said. “The program is open to all majors, which is a great place to gain hands-on experience. Whether a student is an advertising major or a marketing major, SAE provides members leadership and teamwork building opportunities in their career pursuits.”

With the covers of USF Racing’s F2017 unwrapped from the unveiling ceremony on Sunday, April 23, new driver recruits and the F2016 resting at the team’s shop, members look ahead with high expectations to grow their FSAE team and beyond.

Evling said during the ceremony at the Galleria building at USF’s Research and Innovation Park, Formula SAE require teams to construct a car for competition every year based on performance and efficiency. He said by having the design leads present the F2017 during the unveiling ceremony, the audience would experience how the SAE static events are organized for Formula SAE Michigan.

 “Our team members have to present the car in front of a few judges and compete against other teams in their presentations,” Evling said, behind the lectern. ”So we basically have to sell the fact that this is a product that can be produced and manufactured at a profitable price, and profitable for some venture capitalist. Our expectation for Michigan is that we hope to do well in both the static events and dynamic events.”

As for Dorion, being a committed team player and learner of mechanical engineering is a foundation he hopes to build for his life goals. He said despite the team devoting day and night finalizing their car for the 2017 Formula SAE Michigan season, the team continues to strive for progress and organizational growth.

“We are not a big club on campus, but we strive to have people join in learning the industrial design of projects such as cars,” Dorion said. “It’s a fun and interesting experience for me, and I continue to enjoy the experience of automotive design quite a bit.”   



From Car To Truck: My 90 Second School Video Project Of The”Truckolla”


It was only last year that I wrote a news article / photo essay for The Digital Bullpen about this 2001 Toyota Corolla being transformed into a truck-like design.

Last month, Truckolla Part II picked up where it left off, and finally got the make over that it deserves, according to the owner of Truckolla, Nikola Vlacic.


Toyota Truckolla parked outside a Shell Station on a Sunday morning in Sebring, Florida. This photo was taken the day after the 2017 12 Hours of Sebring, and deep within Sebring’s road course venue, this 01 Corolla made its inaugural debut as the “Truckolla,” and I had a part in the art design of the car — correction, it’s a truck. (Photo by Dan Fisher)



This was my first sketch idea of what the Truckolla ought to look like. Nikola Vlacic wanted a paint design that was simple: black with a red racing stripe. Despite the racing stripe being painted on the opposite side of the car during the project by accident, compared to the sketch — me and everyone else liked the final project anyway because I believe the stripe looks better on the passenger side. (Photo by Dan Fisher)

Now the metamorphosis is complete: Go forth Truckolla, become an automotive legend.