Formula SAE

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Formula SAE is the world’s largest student engineering design competition whereby university students design, manufacture, test and compete with a single seat racecar. With its origins dating back to 1978 as a humble SAE Mini-Indy competition at the University of Houston, this highly prestigious engineering competition has seen the last 34 years filled with innovative and award winning designs from universities and colleges across the globe. Now, the competition encompasses 630 registered teams worldwide. The hard work and dedication shown by each team comes to a climax through a number of international competitions based in different regions around the world, which are run every year.

It is through these competitions, such as FSAE Australasia, that each team may see just how well their cars stack up against their peers. Each car is judged in a number of events, which are separated into two types – static and dynamic. Static events consist of Design, Cost, as well a Business Presentation. These static events allow teams to showcase their financial acumen, marketing strategies and overall design philosophies. The dynamic events consist of Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross, Fuel Economy and Endurance. In these events, teams may directly compare their designs on track, where each team has the opportunity to demonstrate the capabilities of their vehicles.

Competition Events Summary

The aim of this event is to evaluate the team’s ability to develop and deliver a comprehensive business proposal that will convince an executive board that the team’s design meets the requirements of a company. Preparing the presentation requires the team to consider every aspect of a project such as costs, market identification, profitability, and other business concepts, allowing them to develop a business sense.
The aim of the design event is to evaluate the engineering effort that went into the design of the car, and how the engineering meets the requirements of the market in terms of both vehicle performance and overall value. While commercially available components are judged on their selection and application, student designed components are judged on their design as well.
The aim of the cost analysis event is to evaluate the costs and budgeting of the car, which are significant factors that must be considered in any engineering project. Low costs earn points in this event, but having costs that are too low may have a negative impact on the overall design of the car.
This event tests the car’s ability to accelerate point-to-point from a standing start, in a straight line, on flat pavement.
This event tests the cornering ability of the car by running it through a figure-eight on a flat surface. Depending on the competition, the surface may be wet or dry. Teams are ranked based on the time taken to complete the course.
This event consists of set race track containing straights, rolling corners, hairpin turns, slaloms, and other complex track elements. The course is run solo, and allows the team to demonstrate the acceleration, braking, and handling qualities of the car, altogether, in one event. Teams are ranked based on the time taken to complete the course.
This event consists of multiple laps of a track, run as a single heat, totalling approximately 22 km in length. It is run with multiple cars on the track at the same time and, though passing is permitted, is not considered a race. It is designed to test the overall performance of the car, as well as its durability and reliability. Teams are ranked based on the time taken to complete the course.
This event is evaluated in conjunction with the Endurance event. Following the Endurance event, teams are assessed based on the amount of fuel consumed, compared to the lap time of the endurance run.

Competition Breakdown

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd
  • 12th
  • 2nd
  • 6th
  • 8th
  • 7th

Germany

  • 9th
  • 21st
  • 28th
  • 33rd
  • 15th
  • 33rd
  • 17th
  • 34th

Austria

  • 1st
  • 6th
  • 4th
  • 15th
  • 18th
  • 10th
  • DNF
  • 15th

United Kingdom

  • 10th
  • 6th
  • 2nd
  • 44th
  • 9th
  • 21st
  • DNF
  • DNQ

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 4th
  • 1st
  • 9th
  • 10th
  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 3rd

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 9th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 6th

Germany

  • 5th
  • 4th
  • 2nd
  • 42nd
  • 2nd
  • 6th

United Kingdom

  • 3rd
  • 7th
  • 7th
  • 26th
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 2nd
  • 11th

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 6th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 14th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st

Germany

  • 10th
  • 3rd
  • 22nd
  • 52nd
  • 6th
  • 4th
  • 6th
  • 14th

United Kingdom

  • 10th
  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 24th
  • 1st
  • 6th
  • 2nd
  • 11th

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 12th
  • 4th
  • 2nd
  • 17th
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 8th

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 7th
  • 3rd
  • 8th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 1st

Germany

United Kingdom

  • 13th
  • 19th
  • 13th
  • 8th
  • 1st
  • 3rd
  • 2nd
  • 22nd

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 5th
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 2nd
  • 1st
  • 1st
  • 2nd

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 5th
  • 4th
  • 2nd
  • 5th
  • 2nd
  • 7th
  • 5th

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 11th
  • 19th
  • 8th
  • 14th
  • 4th
  • 5th
  • 3rd

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 5th
  • 10th
  • 4th
  • 16th
  • 9th
  • 9th
  • 12th

Germany

  • 26th
  • 11th
  • 20th
  • 24th
  • 17th
  • 8th
  • 8th
  • 11th

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 6th
  • 10th
  • 7th
  • 10th
  • 10th
  • 7th
  • 7th

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 20th
  • 16th
  • 19th

Germany

United Kingdom

  • 1st
  • 7th
  • 8th
  • 37th
  • 27th
  • 17th

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 2nd
  • 11th
  • 9th
  • 11th
  • 8th
  • 1st

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 2nd
  • 5th
  • 13th
  • 5th
  • 10th
  • 2nd

Germany

United Kingdom

Competition

  • Business Presentation
  • Design
  • Cost Analysis
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Endurance
  • Efficiency

Australia

  • 3rd
  • 4th
  • 10th

Germany

United Kingdom