Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineer) is a series of international competitions in which university teams compete to design and manufacture the best performing racecars.
"The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. Each student team designs, builds, and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem-solving." -SAE International
Formula SAE competitions consist of 7 events: 4 dynamic events, and 3 static events.
Measures the car's acceleration over a 75m straight track.
Measures the car's maneuverability and handling over a tight course with a series of straights and turns.
Measures the car's durability and reliability over a 22 km race with 11 laps around a track.
Measures the car's cornering ability over a constant-radius turn over a figure-8 track.
Evaluates the team's adherence to good design practices during the conception, iteration, integration, and validation of every subsystem on the vehicle.
BUSINESS SALES PRESENTATION
Assesses the team's ability to compile a business case argument that their car best serves the needs of the amateur racing market.
Assesses the team's ability to factor the cost of production into the design of the car and solve production issues on the fly.