Florida Institute of Technology on Jan. 29 announced a powerful and unique affiliation with Larsen Motorsports that will bring the science and engineering of high-tech jet dragsters to the university’s students and highlight Florida
Tech’s innovative commitment to STEM education in races across the country.
The 5,000-horse power Florida Tech-branded jet dragster, capable of achieving speeds of nearly 300 mph in a quarter-mile race, was unveiled in a ceremony on campus that drew faculty, staff and students and members of the general public.
“The university is a first-tier, private research institution that is experiencing rapid growth in a number of areas of LMS interest,” said Elaine Larsen, who co-founded Larsen Motorsports, or LMS, with her husband Chris and is one of its leading drivers, winning the International Hot Rod Association’s 2014 Nitro Jam Jet Dragster championship. “Our partnership will allow us both to collaborate in areas of research and education in ways unique to education and the motorsports industry.”
LMS will relocate its operations from Daytona Beach to the Florida Tech Research and Development Center in Palm Bay, not far from the university’s main campus. The new, nearly 30,000-square-foot space will contain full design, engineering, training, fabrication and day-to-day operations capabilities implemented specifically for Larsen Motorsports, as well as $8 million in equipment LMS is supplying.
The space will also be where Florida Tech students experience truly unique hands-on research and internship opportunities.
“We believe the addition of the Larsen Motorsports jet dragster to Florida Tech will pay educational rewards to our students for years to come,” said Anthony J. Catanese, Florid Tech’s president and CEO.