Jeff Lane, owner of Lane Motor Museum in Nashville, is a supporter and financial contributor to MTSU’s Engineering Technology Experimental Vehicle Program, the SAE Formula Racer and Mini-Baja Projects.
Lane, a automobile enthusiast since his youth, participated in Mini-Baja competitions in the 1980s as a college student. Lane Motor Museum, located off Murfreesboro Road, opened in 2003 and is one of the few museums in the United States to specialize in European cars.
The SAE Formula Racer project is a formula-style race sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The vehicles are open-wheeled racers and must adhere to strict SAE guidelines.
Entries are judged on their performance on the track as well as their technical and engineering innovation, and consideration also is given to project budget and timeline. Teams must show manufacturability of their concept and prove their design on its merits before proving it on the track.
For more information about MTSU’s Experimental Vehicle Program, visit http://www.mtsu.edu/et/projects.php.