In an event attended by more than 100 members of the MIT community — friends, family, faculty, staff, students, and sponsors — the MIT Motorsports team unveiled their 2019 electric race car in Lobby 13 in April. Introducing the evening, team captain and MIT junior Serena Grown-Haeberli thanked each student on the 50-member team for putting their heart and soul into this car. “This student hands-on project is really the 'mens et manus,' the hands-on portion, of our education,” she added, referring to MIT's motto of "mind and hand."
Cheers, hoots of appreciation, and applause could be heard when Grown-Haeberli peeled back the red tarp. No longer the MIT Pantone 201 red, the 551-pound vehicle is now black, bearing the names of sponsors who have generously helped the team get to where they are now.
Short talks by team members took place during the event. Mechanical lead, driver, and junior Jeremy Noel, a team member since 2017, outlined the newly converted-to four-wheel-drive vehicle. By adding two additional motors to drive the two front wheels in addition to a single rear motor driving both rear wheels “we can deliver more power to the ground and the car will be faster.” Noel said.