Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is an international collegiate competition where students design, build and compete with a small scale open wheel prototype racecar.
The purpose of the competition is to teach engineering students all aspects of bringing a prototype vehicle to life, from the business know-how to the technical design and build. The competition is broken up into "static" and "dynamic" events. Formula SAE hosts multiple international competitions with hundreds of university teams around the world.
Design - Evaluates student's adherence to good design practices during the conception, iteration, integration, and validation of every subsystem on the vehicle
Presentation - Assesses the team's ability to present a comprehensive business plan on how they could market their vehicle to an amateur racing market
Cost Report - Assesses the team's ability to factor cost of development into the design of the car
Endurance - Measures car's durability and reliability over a 22km race with 15 laps around a track
Autocross - Tests car dynamic ability in a one lap sprint with a series of straights and tight corners
Acceleration - Evaluates car's straight-line acceleration over a distance of 75m
Skidpad - Measures the car's lateral grip by running a turn of constant radius as quickly as possible
Efficiency - Looks at how efficient the car runs during an endurance