The West Virginia University FutureTruck team is already gearing up for next years competition.

Team members will pay a visit to Campus Ford in Sabraton at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, to accept the keys to a 2002 Ford Explorer they will modify and enter in the 2002 competition June 11-21 in Arizona and California. The team has also received $10,000 in”seed”money from Ford, which is sponsoring the competition the next two years.

WVU is one of 15 North American universities participating in the Future Truck 2002 competition, a program uniting academia, government and industry to address environmental and energy-related issues posed by the growing demand for sport utility vehicles. The goals of the competition are to re-engineer a 2002 Ford Explorer into a low-emissions vehicle with at least 25 percent higher fuel economy without sacrificing performance, utility, safety and affordability.

The WVU team shared first place honors with the University of Maryland in the 2000 competition and placed sixth overall in 2001 with novel hybrid diesel-electric drive trains.

This years team members are

  • Axel Radermacher, team leader, a senior mechanical engineering major from Harpers Ferry
  • John Gibble, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Lancaster Pa.
  • Ezekiel Turak, a senior mechanical engineering major from Morgantown
  • Colton Dixon, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Arthurdale
  • Aaron Judy, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Kingwood
  • Heather Lynch, a senior mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Fairmont
  • JamesMiller, a senior mechanical engineering major from Naoma
  • Eric Malfarlane, a junior mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Waldorf Md.
  • Braxton Lewis, a junior civil engineering and physics major from Ashburn, Va.
  • Tal Gottesman, a senior electrical and computer engineering major from Baltimore
  • Jason Conley, a graduate mechanical engineering student from Bridgeport
  • Russell King, a graduate mechanical engineering student in from LaVale Md.
  • Csaba Tth-Nagy, a graduate mechanical engineering student from Hungary
  • Nigel Clark, the Berry Chair of Engineering at WVU , the teams faculty adviser.