After the 2001-2002 season, there was a complete turnover of team members on the Vandals Racing team, including the faculty advisor. A new group of eight students began working on the FSAE car as their senior design project under the guidance of Dr. Edwin Odom as faculty advisor, Dr. Steve Beyerlein and Dr. Karl Rink as senior design professors. The Vandals Racing team also enlisted the support of Idaho Engineering Works, NIATT, AutoWare, and several local sponsors to implement a new design. Three underclassmen joined the team and Vandals Racing again made the trip to Pontiac, MI, anxious to see what the competition had in store for this group of first-timers. This new team took fifth place in the skid-pad event and was on pace for a fifteenth place finish of 140 schools before they lost a radiator hose with only two laps to go in the all important endurance event. The team came home 54th place overall.