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About FSAE

About Formula SAE

General Overview:

Regarded worldwide as one of the most prestigious design, engineering, and marketing competitions, “Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers).  The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar.  The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item.”

“Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences.”

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Competition Basis:

There are numerous rules and regulations (including safety precautions, engine size, maximum intake size, etc.) that must be met in order to qualify for the competition. Once it has been confirmed that the car meets/exceeds these regulations it is judged based upon the following criterion:

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Static Events:

  • Cost and Manufacturing:
    • Evaluate the ability of the car’s design to be recreated with minimum material and manufacturing costs.
  • Presentation:
    • Evaluation of the team’s ability to present their design in a business-like fashion, arguing the benefits of their design and how their design ‘best’ meets the demands of the fictitious manufacturer.
  • Design:
    • Evaluate the quality of the engineering work presented and the designs ability to meet the requirements of the fictitious manufacturer.

Dynamic Events:

  • Acceleration:
    • Evaluates the car’s acceleration in a straight line on flat pavement
  • Skid Pad
    • Evaluates the car’s cornering ability while making a constant-radius turn
  • Autocross:
    • Evaluates the car’s maneuverability and handling on a tight course – this event combines acceleration, braking and cornering
  • Endurance:
    • Evaluates the overall performance of the car and tests its durability and reliability during a 22 lap race.
  • Fuel Economy:
    • The car’s fuel economy will be measured in conjunction with the Endurance Event.
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