About the Formula SAE competitions
Formula SAE is an inter-college engineering design competition organized by the Society of Automative Engineers in the United States. Since 1978, the competitions now include hundreds of teams in eight competitions worldwide. The FSAE series of competitions are regarded worldwide as among the most rigorous collegiate design competitions.
Student teams design, manufacture and race Formula-style cars at organized competitions. The vehicle is meant to be a prototype marktable towards non-professional, weekend autocross racers; per competition rules, it must be high-performance, low-cost and easy to maintain, while suitable for manfacture at 1000 units per year.
Participating students are expected to manage all aspects of the project as a small business, which involves the technical designing, manufacturing and testing, the project management and business operations and the management of an interisciplinary and diverse team.
While teams much meet competition specifications and requirements, each team has significant freedom in the design of their vehicles. FSAE competition restrictions are intended to ensure safety and not limit the creativity of engineering designers.
At competition, students engage with a panel of judges from industry and respond to challenges against their design decisions with supporting analysis. In addition, student drivers compete against the clock in multiple driving events to demonstrate the performance of the vehicles.
In 2018, Northwestern Formula Racing expects to compete at FSAE Michigan in Brooklyn, Michigan, United States, and in FSAE Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. Let us know if you'll be there!