Formula SAE is an international student design competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.
The program simulates real-world engineering design projects and related challenges with the goal of developing and building a
student Formula-style race car. Teams from countries around the world compete in static and dynamic events.
The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a student
Formula-Style Race Car. The Prototype Race Car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group
for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a
series of rules, whose purpose is both ensuring on-track safety (the cars are driven by the students themselves) and promoting clever problem solving.
Teams taking part in Formula SAE are judged in a series of static and dynamic events. Static events include things like business
presentation engineering design and cost,sustainability and technical inspection.The teams who pass all the static events are then
allowed to participate in the dynamic events where they are scored based on how well their vehicle performs in various tasks. Therefore,
Formula SAE encompasses all aspects of a business including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management,
and fundraising. The volunteers for the design judging include some of the racing industry's most prominent engineers and consultants including
the late Carroll Smith, Bill Mitchell, Doug Milliken, Claude Rouelle, Jack Auld, John LePlante, Ron Tauranac, and Bryan Kubala.