Pit Products spent a weekend with a few hundred college engineering students this past May when the Formula SAE student racing competition came to Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan. (You can read our blogs from this past May here: FSAE Race at MIS, Pizza Boxes.)
The best aspect of hanging out at the track was having the opportunity to meet so many young engineering students as well as having the chance to see all the creative methods employed by the students to organize their car hauling trailers. We always learn a ton by getting into the pits and learning how smart people are setting up their trailers.
This blog is intended to share a few of the favorite enclosed trailer storage and organization ideas we saw during the weekend of racing!
Homemade Trailer Shelves and Trailer Storage Cabinets
We'll kick things off with the homemade overhead trailer storage shelves built and installed by the Florida Institute of Technology. These shelves get the job done by helping the Panther formula SAE racing team keep their supplies off the floor so they have easy access to fluids (such as Gatorade), snacks, and other important energy sustaining nutrients that are super critical during the all night vehicle repair and tuning sessions that happened all weekend.
The University of Western Ontario came ready to rock with their homemade aluminum work table and custom built wooden storage cabinets. We know the work table was built tough as there was some intense drilling action taking place as this photo was taken.
The Rockets of the University of Toledo were not going to be out done. Their trailer had some homemade aluminum shelving, a fold down work table built of wood, and some overhead wooden cabinets installed along the walls. That is the way to take advantage of all the space in your enclosed car hauling trailer!
A fold down work table made out of wood was witnessed in the University of Akron race trailer. The Zags of Akron show us a good example of using creativity and some rope to make better use of your trailer space.
Kitchen Cabinets Repurposed for Trailer Use
Ryerson University shows an example of using some old kitchen cabinets as a way to outfit your trailer.
The Formula SAE team from York College raided a few kitchens to pull together the kitchen cabinet array in their enclosed car hauling trailer. They even managed to grab a refrigerator also! Way to go.
The moms of the Rose-Hulman University students would be happy to see the organizational techniques involved with these kitchen cabinets and the wire frame storage shelf adds a very nice touch.
Homemade Trailer Tire Racks
When all you've got to work with is some angled wall supports from the hardware store and a section of pipe, then this is the tire rack you create. This piece of ingenuity on display from the Cardinal Racing team from Saginaw Valley State University helps us learn how to organize a trailer on a shoe string budget.
Remember, these Formula SAE race teams are made up of our future engineers.
Based on what we saw at the race track in terms of dedication, work ethic, creativity, and intelligence, our future is in good hands.
Just don’t allow any of these Formula SAE teams to redo your kitchen since they’ll probably replace your kitchen cabinets with plywood and re-purpose your kitchen cabinets and appliances inside their race trailer!
Good job everyone...thanks for letting us hang out with your during your weekend at MIS. We can't wait to see you again next spring.
* This is what happens when you work all night fixing your race car so you can pass safety inspection and technical inspection…below is a photo of the Virginia Tech University Formula SAE team catching up on sleep before they hit the track for the endurance race…college days!
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