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Start your engines: Honda in partnership with Alabama A&M to build race cars

HUNTSVILLE — It’s not quite Indy or even the Grand Prix circuit, but Alabama A&M is making its mark in building formula-style race cars.

The university’s College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences recently received five engines from the Alabama Auto Plant of Honda in Lincoln. The engines, through the company’s Development and Manufacturing in America division, will be for student-made race cars.

Two A&M alumnae who work at the plant took part in the presentation ceremony Tuesday. Sylvia Fitts and Shirley Hall, logistics and procurement majors at A&M, arrived with Michael Tinch, engine division lead at the Lincoln plant.

“This donation is just the beginning of our partnership with Honda, which is supporting our students as they build cars for Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers),” said Dr. Zhengtao Deng, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Technology and Physical Sciences.
Formula SAE is a series of international competitions for engineering students. University teams compete to design and build the best formula-style race cars. Visit  https://www.fsaeonline.com/
The Bulldogs’ cars were built in the school’s Special Project Laboratory. Dr. Wing Chan, SPL director, and technical advisor Kong Chan joined engineering students to receive the engines.
Deng credited Yvette Clayton, director of AAMU’s Career Development Services, and alum Shirley Hall with Honda APP, for creating the partnership.

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