The Formula SAE competition
is for SAE student members to conceive, design, fabricate
and compete with small formula-style racing cars. The
restrictions on the car frame and engine are limited
so that the knowledge, creativity and imagination of
the students are challenged. The cars are built with
a team effort over a period of about one year and are
taken to a host institution for judging and comparison
with approximately 140 other colleges and universities
throughout the world. The end result is a great experience
for young engineers in a meaningful engineering project
as well as the opportunity of working in a dedicated
In order to accomplish this goal, team
members must use the engineering knowledge and work
experience that they have gained throughout the course
of their education.
The car is judged by industry professionals
in the following areas:
The designs are left open ended while
limiting cost, size, weight, and providing restrictions
for safety. The intended sales market is the non-professional
weekend autocross racer. Therefore, the car must be
very high performance in terms of its acceleration,
braking, and handling qualities.
Although the dynamic event of racing
the F-SAE car is the most enjoyable, a final design
presentation along with a question and answer session
is used to judge the students engineering reasoning
behind the car.
Our Formula SAE is a prototype race car
that must be reproducible at a cost of $25,000 at a
rate of four cars per day for a limited production run.
However, due to single-unit fabrication increasing material
costs, equipment, and extensive testing, our prototype
cost will be well over the production cost.
The race car's performance is judged through
the following dynamic events:
Acceleration - Skid-Pad – Autocross
- Fuel Economy -Endurance Race
Please visit the
official Formula SAE website for more information http://www.sae.org/students/formula.htm