A Palmyra native was part of a Missouri S&T Formula SAE Design Team that placed second at Formula SAE-Lincoln, an international competition that challenges teams of college students to design, build and race Formula One-style cars.

A Palmyra native was part of a Missouri S&T Formula SAE Design Team that placed second at Formula SAE-Lincoln, an international competition that challenges teams of college students to design, build and race Formula One-style cars.

The team finished second out of 78 teams in the competition, held June 21-24 at the Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, Nebraska, and garnered trophies in four individual events.

Douglas Bross, of Palmyra, a junior studying mechanical engineering was part of the team.

The team took first place in skidpad, an event designed to test the car's cornering ability on a figure-8 course, and in autocross, a one-lap race that tests the car's performance on a tight course. Each team's fastest lap of four attempts determines the winner, as well as the starting order for the final endurance race.

The team took second place in acceleration and third in endurance. An acceleration test measures the car's straight-line speed over a short distance, and the endurance race proves a vehicle's ability to withstand the stress of long-term driving at elevated speeds over a long course. Teams are ranked by time; cars don't race head-to-head.

The Missouri S&T team competed against teams from around the world. Countries represented in addition to the United States include India, Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Pakistan and South Korea.