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Zach Olsen

Formula SAE is an automotive design and racing competition organized by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) International where teams of collegiate designers are “contracted” to represent a fictional manufacturing company in designing and developing a small (450 lbs.) Formula style racer. This year, PBC Linear worked with the Rochester Institute of Technology to provide an economical linear guide solution to their rack and pinion style steering system.

Linear Bearing Racer

The Rochester team required a lightweight and low maintenance solution since when the competition begins there is little opportunity to make design refinements or maintenance upkeep. To ensure long-lasting operation, the team installed PBC Linear’s Simplicity® sleeve bearings and ceramic coated shafting to provide reliable linear guidance of the steering mechanism. Previously, the design team had worked with Simplicity products and sought to bring the bearings’ benefits into their racer design.


Simplicity products are equipped with a proprietary Frelon liner that ensures smooth, quiet and maintenance-free linear motion for intermittent or continuous use. Lightweight and low cost, these bearings thrive in high shock vibration, extreme temperatures (-400°F-+400°F) and heavy contamination.All of these features contributed to the design team’s choice when selecting a linear bearing product as a viable addition to the steering system.


The design team installed four lightweight bushings and one length of ceramic coated shafting to operate the linear guidance of the steering system. During performance, the sleeve bearings held in multiple races without any additional maintenance or replacement. For more on the Formula SAE competition, including racing outcomes and team sites, check out their website at: You can also view the Rochester Institute of Technology’s team site at


For more information on PBC Linear’s Simplicity Sleeve Bearing products, check out our Simplicity section of our website here:



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