SAE Formula Car
Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers). The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a 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 to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.
Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. The design of race car for the Formula Student competition involves more performance parameters then for regular racing. In addition to achieving high strength and stiffness for a very low overall weight, the car must be easily manufacturable and maintainable to stay within budget.
For student an approach is required on designing a lightweight hybrid race car chassis consisting of a fiber reinforced composite cockpit combining structural, esthetic, ergonomic and crash properties, and a tubular space frame engine compartment, meeting stiffness and strength demands while remaining easy to maintain and manufacture, thus keeping production cost low.