What is Formula SAE?
Formula SAE is a part of SAE International's Collegiate Design Series. The first competition began in 1978, and the original concept is that a fictional auto-manufacturing company signed a contract with a design team to manufacture a small Formula-style car. In Formula SAE, collegiate, student-run teams are challenged to design, manufacture, and race their Formula-style car, which must be fast, light, and reliable. During the annual international competition at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, MI, various teams are evaluated based on their performance in numerous areas, including acceleration, autocross, and an endurance race. Other aspects consist of cost, design, and business aspects such as a design and sales presentation. This renowned event affords college students the chance to showcase their engineering, communication, research, development, testing, problem-solving, operational, and collaborative skills.