VWGoA Partnership Fuels Students’ Dedication, Learning at Virginia Tech

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Members of the FSAE team at Virginia Tech credit VWGoA for providing them the financial support to help them continue to design formula-style racing cars.

Mechanical engineering students at Virginia Tech who are interested in pursuing careers in motorsports credit Volkswagen Group of America for moving them closer to their goals. VWGoA is a supporter of the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) team and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Series, both housed at Joseph F. Ware Jr. Advanced Engineering Laboratory on Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg, Va.

The Jetta TDI Cup Series allows Virginia Tech students interested in pursuing a career in motorsports an opportunity to experience it first-hand by providing technical support at Volkswagen’s race shop at Virginia International Raceway and on the road at the Series’ 10 race events. FSAE allows students to conceive, design, fabricate, and compete with small formula-style racing cars.

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A formula-style racing car designed by members of the FSAE team at Virginia Tech.

Whether it’s designing the latest iteration of a formula-style racing car or earning their racing stripes at a Jetta TDI Cup event, these students all hold VWGoA in high regard for helping them reach their goals.

“What Volkswagen gave us last year opened a lot of doors in terms of being able to expand and push the team into a more organized effort,” said Andrew Spencer, a junior who has participated in the Jetta TDI Cup Series. “I want to get racing experience and make a living. It was the best experience ever.”

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