PLYMOUTH, Mich., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SANLUIS Rassini, a leading and preferred automotive supplier of suspension and brake components in North America and Brazil, announced today that as part of its ongoing collaboration for automotive research and development, has made a donation to become a silver-level sponsor for the University of Michigan's (U-M) student-run Michigan Hybrid Racing (MHybrid) team for their 2014 season.
Rassini's donation will go toward the purchase of a new differential for the vehicle's drivetrain and allow the team to buy aluminum stock to machine suspension components. This sponsorship follows a long list of partnerships over the past decade between Rassini and U-M, the most recent of which resulted in an automotive patent application focused on advancements in composite material technology.
Now in their third season, the MHybrid team strives to improve their design by focusing on producing the lightest, most effective components and further developing their controls system. With competition quickly approaching in May 2014, the team is excited to once again compete for the Formula Hybrid Title.
"SANLUIS Rassini's sponsorship will allow us to keep progressing in our design for the competition, as well as help give student engineers the resources needed for a real-world engineering experience," said MHybrid Team Captain Connor St. John. "Donations from businesses such as SANLUIS Rassini allow us to work with world-class companies for integration with local industry as well as fund some of the most key components of our vehicle."
As Rassini continues to lead the industry with cutting-edge solutions like the new two-piece rotor on the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51 Performance Package, the company's university relationships have focused on developing the next generation of automotive engineers.
"Part of our culture is to give back to the local communities where we live and work and supporting a leading-class institution like the University of Michigan does just that," said Mauricio Gonzalez, Engineering Director of SANLUIS Rassini. "The patent applications that have resulted from the University of Michigan relationship as well as from other universities that we partner with are a testament to the exceptional expertise that stems from these schools, as well as our ability to work with them to achieve technological breakthroughs."
SANLUIS Rassini is a leading global designer and manufacturer of suspension and brake components for the automotive industry. As the world's largest producer of suspension components for light commercial vehicles and the largest fully integrated brake disc producer in the Americas, SANLUIS Rassini has eight manufacturing sites strategically located in North America and Brazil. SANLUIS Rassini is a subsidiary of SANLUIS Corporacion, S.A.B. de C.V. For more information, visit www.sanluisrassini.com.
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