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.