This is a year long process that begins immediately after spring competition.
The major focus this summer was to create timelines and team structures.
• Design work began with
suspension and chassis work.
We have been working with SAE
Snowmoblie to build an engine
• Building began in a suite of
software provided by the school
and various other sponsors.
• Some of our Software includes:
Solidworks, Nastran, STARCCM+,
Optimum K, and more.
After the car is built we test extensively for performance and reliability.
• AiM sportline has provided us with
a full data acquisi- tion including,
accelerometers, gryos, linear
potentiometers, along with others
• Data gathered from this system
allows us to perform analysis on
• These techniques will prove
invaluable and personifies the
goal of this competition:
“Teaching students real world
skills, that will make them a better
professional upon graduation.”
The manufacturing phase will begins in the fall and continues through winter.
• NIU provides a machine shop
during standard school hours.
• In this shop we are able to use
mills, lathes, and a water jet
machine, among others to build
nearly every part of our car.
• This is an excellent learning
experience for newer team
members as they are able to learn
manual and cnc machining,
welding, water jet cutting, among
many other manufacturing
The Formula SAE Team is a group that represents a fictional manufacturing company that develops a small open-wheeled racecar for the racing enthusist. The team’s goal is to promote learning and innovation through research, design, marketing, management, and finance. The opportunities presented by taking part in this organization provide students with valuable work and cooperative experience that directly translates to employment.
FSAE hosts multiple Global events; two in North America, one in Michigan and one in Nebraska. The largest event, and our main focus, is held at the Michigan International Speedway oval track. It consists of 120 interna- tional teams, and 2 levels of competition.
The static events consist of cost, business presentation, and design judging. This event is worth many points, that are often overlooked. In order to excel in this event, we are now collaborating with business students, specifically in finance and marketing.
The dynamic events are preceded by a rigorous technical inspection including verifying rulebook compliance, leak and tip testing, braking demonstration, and noise limit testing.
Passing teams compete in acceleration, skidpad, autocross, and endurance. The endurance event is a 22km test of speed, reliability, and efficiency.
Our competition requires a new vehicle to be designed and built every year. This is in part to encourage new ideas and new approaches to the various requirements posed by the rule book. Also it is in place to ensure teams are designing a car, not just recycling prior teams hard work.
Unfortunately this means we have a rather large cost every year. It has been increasingly difficult to find funding sources, especially with a limited school budget. The SAE teams rely on companies like you to help us bridge the gap so that we can continue teaching new members valuable professional skills.
With your support we can compete at the highest level, representng the school and your company in the best way possible.
With any level of support we place your logo on our car, website, and in other media publications the team distributes
The car is shown at many events throughout the year including a Chicago White Sox game, Youtube, various NIU events including STEM Fest and parades, local race events, and of course at competition where many companies, spectators, and media outlets are watching closely.
Space on team shirts, jackets, and flags are available as well.
At higher levels of support we can offer visits by the team with the car and/or visits to our shop for you and your employees.
Formula SAE is very engineering heavy and is at its core a design competition. However there are many other areas the team must not overlook in order to produce a quality car, and do well at competition, although one's area of study does not limit them from participating in Formula SAE. Student involvement beyond engineering includes raising funds, purchasing materials, as well as marketing the team to professionals, the student body, and companies such as your- selves.