Formula SAE is an international collegiate design competition focused on innovation and the development of
upcoming industry leaders. The premise of the competition is the development of a small Formula-style race
car that is intended for weekend autoX racing. Each team designs, builds, and tests a fully functional
prototype around competition rules to score the most points in each event. The competition consists of a
static portion and a dynamic portion. The static events consist of an evaluation by industry experts of
student designs, cost breakdown and a business case. The dynamics events focuses on vehicle and driver
performance with five track events.
In the design event, we demonstrate our process, theory, calculations and simulations to judges from the motorsports, automotive, and aerospace industries. While exhibiting different vehicle aspects we explain our design development, data collection and overall engineering approach for critical systems and components.
The acceleration portion of this event consists of a 75 meter (246 foot) straight line track were the vehicle is tested based on the elapsed time from start to finish.
The objective of the skid pad test is to test the vehicle’s lateral acceleration and consistent-radius turning capabilities. Drivers direct the vehicle through a figure eight patterned track in the shortest amount of time possible.
The autocross event tests the car and driver over numerous course types all in one track. The course includes straights, constant turns, hairpin turns, slaloms, chicanes, and multiple sequential turns. This event is scored based on the team's best elapsed time.
The endurance and efficiency event tests the vehicle’s durability, reliability, and efficiency over a 22km track. This track is similar to the autocross event, though requires two drivers who switch at the 11km point. Unlike the other events, the two drivers total lap times and fuel consumption are counted cumulatively towards a total score. This event is highest weighted event often considered the best evaluation of overall performance.
Our business team presents to a set of judges that evaluate the team’s business case. This case is based on the premise that we are an engineering team contracted by a manufacturing company to pitch our design and proposed marketing strategy for a weekend autocross racer. In this, we must show how the team’s plan can meet the demand of the target markets at a reasonable price.
We present our cost report, which is a full cost estimate of materials and processes, based on standardized cost tables, that would be involved in an actual production run. This event encourages us to incorporate cost-effective design and manufacturing methods in the vehicle development.
1st Western Canada
18th North America