Penn Electric Racing: By the Numbers
52 students. 46 sponsors. 1 team.
3.807s 0-75m, an American record.
1,000,000+ hours spent learning.
Now in its fourth year, Penn Electric Racing is on a mission to prove that electric cars are the future of transportation. The team’s latest creation, REV 2, is currently the fastest student-built racecar in America, capable of going from zero to sixty miles per hour in just 2.5 seconds -that’s faster than Tesla’s model S P90D, and twice as fast as the speed of freefall.
Comprised of 52 students chosen from more than 220 applicants, the organization is entirely student-run. Team members from Penn’s School of Engineering & Applied Science and the Wharton School handle everything from designing circuit boards to mechanical design to marketing and fundraising. Alumni of Penn Electric Racing have gone on to join some of the world’s most innovative companies, such as Tesla & SpaceX, Disney, Google and Apple.
Each year, the prototype car is put through the ultimate test -- the Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Electric Competition. Last year’s model, REV 1, swept the competition, which included top engineering schools like MIT, by placing first in 7 out of 8 events. At this year’s competition in Lincoln, Nebraska, Penn’s team finished 2nd overall and captured first place in acceleration and three other events.
Building upon its award-winning record, Penn Electric Racing is currently working on what will become their best racecar yet – REV 3 – and you can help. The team is on the hunt for sponsors that can provide in-kind gifts of parts and raw materials, offer wisdom and expertise or use of facilities, and money to sustain their growth and help them achieve their next big goal - going international.