Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) is the largest undergraduate engineering design competition of any kind in the world. Over 1000 universities compete in 10 competitions set around the world. The competition itself consists of both static and dynamic events.
The static events begin with hours of technical inspection to ensure rules compliance and safety. This is followed by presentations where the teams defend their engineering design decisions and give mock investment proposals to industry and university professionals.
But, of course, the fun part is the racing. Acceleration tests and skid-pad kick off the first day of racing, and a 1-mile autocross completes it. The second day of dynamic events is dedicated to Endurance: a 14-mile-long course where teams race for over half an hour. Of the teams that make it to endurance, only 30% make it through; this event truly tests each car’s engineering.
The Society of Automotive Engineers Club on the UC San Diego Campus is dedicated to the design, fabrication and testing of an open-wheel prototype race car for the FSAE competition held annually in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Triton Racing team places students in an optimal position to gain hand-on knowledge while applying classroom theory in a real world setting. As a team, we strive to push and test our engineering and design capabilities so that we may extend the boundaries of innovation and establish ourselves in the forefront of FSAE.
For more information on FSAE, see their website at http://www.fsaeonline.com/.