What is Formula SAE?
Formula SAE is a design competition organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The competition requires teams of students to design, develop and fabricate a small, Formula-style (open-wheeled and open-cockpit) race car whilst adhering to a set of general design requirements and regulations. It is important to note that FSAE is not a motor sports competition. The design requirements and regulations are open enough for different teams to develop and implement different race car design philosophies. This challenges students to think of new and innovative ideas, while ensuring the safety of all competitors.
In total, over 500 teams and 15,000 students worldwide compete in Formula SAE. There are over ten major annual competitions held in seven countries, allowing teams from different regions of the world to compete against one another. Each competition spans several days and features a variety of static and dynamic events. The static events feature industry experts and professionals who judge the design, cost and marketability of the competing cars. The dynamic events test the cars’ acceleration, handling abilities, reliability and fuel efficiency.
The Australasian Competition is held every year at Winton Motor Raceway in Northern Victoria. Static events and scrutineering take place on Friday, with acceleration runs and skid pan tests held on Saturday. The competition culminates with the autocross and endurance events on Sunday, which test the cars to their limits and is often nerve-racking to watch as many teams struggle to finish.