The goal of Formula SAE is to take the Engineering curriculum and apply it to a real-world industrial problem by building a prototype race car for a fictional single entry series. Student’s cars are not only judged based on their performance, but also the Engineering decisions the students have made in their design, weighing performance versus cost and reliability. Formula SAE challenges students to design a car that is quick, reliable, fuel efficient, and cost effective.
Formula SAE was established at the University of Delaware in 1996. The Department of Mechanical Engineering gave the team a home in Spencer Lab, where the team could realize its dream of designing, fabricating, and racing a car of their own design. The rest is history: The team has competed in over 10 Formula SAE competitions and dozens of local autocrosses sanctioned by the SCCA. In 2010, the Senior Design capstone project added FSAE, integrating Formula SAE into the Mechanical Engineering curriculum. Since then, University of Delaware has completed every competition event they have entered, a feat only 20% of teams can regularly claim.
At the University of Delaware, students are encouraged to join the team as Freshmen and build their knowledge of auto mechanics, fabrication, and design. No prior knowledge or skill is necessary, as Delaware’s SAE team is structured to teach students everything they need to know to build a race car. The project is a great experience for engineers and non-engineers alike as they manage deadlines, make Engineering decisions, and work as a team. The reward is driving the finished car and going to competition. Formula SAE is a very rewarding and fun experience for those who see their dream come to life in front of their eyes. Any student interested in manufacturing and fabrication is encouraged to join Formula SAE at the University of Delaware.”
In addition to the official SAE International event we also attend local SCCA events to prepare ourselves for competition and to have fun.