THE COMPETITION

SAE International's Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions take students beyond textbook theory by enabling them to design, build, and test the performance of a real vehicle and then compete with other students from around the globe in exciting and intense competitions.

The competition prepares students in a variety of disciplines for future employment in mobility-related industries by challenging them with a hands-on, team engineering experience that also requires budgeting, communication, project management, and resource management skills.

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NUMBERS

20+

COMPETITIONS

60+

COUNTRIES

700+

TEAMS

20000+

STUDENTS

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concept

The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student 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. 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.

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events

The EV prototype race car is judged in a number of different events.

Static Events

  • Business Plan Presentation (75 points)

  • Cost & Manufacturing Event (100 points)

  • Engineering Design Event (150 points)

Dynamic Events

  • Acceleration Event (75points)

  • Skid Pad Event (75 points)

  • Autocross Event (100 points)

  • Efficiency Event (100 points)

  • Endurance Event (325 points)

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