Auburn hovercraft team finishes strong at competition

Published: Nov 5, 2008 10:19:44 AM
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AU Hovercraft team

2008-2009 AU Hovercraft Team

The Department of Polymer and Fiber Engineering's hovercraft team, part of Auburn University's War Eagle Motorsports, finished with two second place awards and a fourth place finish at a recent competition held Sept. 20-21 in South Lyon, Mich.

After several technical difficulties during practice, including an accident which destroyed the craft's hull, the team finished second in the Formula 2 division of competition, which limits total engine displacement to 500 cubic centimeters, and the Formula S division, which requires one engine of unlimited displacement. The team also placed fourth out of 15 entries in the overall endurance race, a 25-lap contest.

AU Hovercraft on starting line"The competition was amazing for the team," said David Branscomb, team adviser. "Everyone was so impressed with our engineering efforts and bravery against surmounting odds. Despite adversity, our team performed very well."

Hovercraft team members include Traci Thompson from Smiths; Andrew Mannion from Grain Valley, Mo.; Heather Rouse from Opelika; Cody Clark from Roanoke; Ben McGuire from Mt. Hope; and technical advisers Jeff Thompson and David Branscomb.

Additional information about the hovercraft team can be found at