Formula Sae (FSAE) is a collegiate design competition sanctioned by the society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for Student members. The teams are encouraged to be creative in their designs and push the boundaries of automotive engineering. The cars are designed and built solely by the students and are then brought to one of the several regional competitions where they compete against colleges from all over the world. Here not only are the cars tested on their design and manufacturing, but the students are also tested on their ability to market their prototype to a board of investors in a business fashion. Points are earned in a series of off track, "Static" events, and on track, "Dynamic" events. The team with the most points at the end of the competition wins.
Business Plan Presentation : -
The objective of the Business Presentation is to evaluate the team’s ability to develop and deliver a comprehensive business plan that will convince the executives of a corporation that the team’s car design best meets the demands of the amateur, weekend competition market.
Cost and Manufacturing : -
Students create a detailed report of all costs associated with materials, processes, and assembly of the car. Points are awarded based on total car cost and report quality. Finally, students must complete a 'Real Case Scenario' challenge to reduce cost in specified areas based on input from event organizers.
Engineering Design : -
During this event students must present their knowledge of the car and engineering concepts to a panel of judges. At most events there are multiple rounds of design, each with increasingly difficult questions and longer sessions. The first round involves all teams, and focuses on fundamental knowledge. Only the best Teams reach the Design Finals.
Acceleration : -
The Acceleration event evaluates the car’s acceleration in a straight line, from a standing start, over a distance of 75 meters.
Autocross : -
Autocross tests the cars dynamic ability in a one lap sprint. Two drivers are given two attempts at the course. The objective of the autocross event is to evaluate the car's maneuverability and handling qualities on a tight course without the hindrance of competing cars. The autocross course will combine the performance features of acceleration, braking, and cornering into one event.
Skidpad : -
The objective of the Skid Pad event is to measure the car’s lateral grip on a flat surface while making a constant radius turn.
Endurance : -
The Endurance event is 22 kilometers long driven on a track similar to Autocross. Two drivers each drive half of the distance with a mandatory pit stop at the midpoint. The car must stop and start under its own power and no refueling or repairs are allowed. A team must finish Endurance in order to earn any points from Fuel Efficiency or Endurance. Consistency and reliability is key for this event.
Efficiency : -
The car’s fuel efficiency is measured in conjunction with the Endurance event. Fuel usage and lap times are combined to determine how efficiently the car uses fuel. Here, a compromise between speed and power must be found.
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