What happens when you ask students to build a racecar? They build a competitive-level racecar that goes from 0 to 60 in just 3.5 seconds, weighs just 470 pounds, and has a 90 hp power plant.
Tyler Neff, Graduate Student at Colorado State University, and Chief Engineer of the Ram Racing Formula SAE team shows what students can accomplish with the right tools. Get the story behind RAM Racing’s made-from-scratch competitive-level racecar designed with Creo.
Formula SAE® is a student design competition organized by SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers). The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.
Formula SAE promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, developing, marketing, management and finances. Formula SAE takes students out of the classroom and allows them to apply textbook theories to real work experiences.
Today, the competition has expanded and includes a number of spin off events. In the United States there are two locations: California and Michigan; Michigan being the largest event and longest running.
Internationally, as part of the Official Formula SAE Series utilizing the Formula SAE Rules Copyright under signed agreement are:
- Formula SAE Australasia
- Formula SAE Brazil
- Formula SAE Italy
- Formula Student (UK)
- Formula Student Germany
Congratulations to Tyler Neff and all the Formula SAE teams!
Image courtesy of Ram Racing, The Colorado State Formula SAE team