Mississippi State University’s Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (MSU FSAE) program began in 1996. Although the program experienced an extended hiatus, it was revived in 2006 and has been competing annually ever since. The team designs, builds, and competes a prototype, open-wheeled race vehicle against 120 other international collegiate teams in Michigan. Our program provides students with technical, teamwork, and project management skills required to transition easily into a variety of careers.
About Formula SAE
The Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (Formula SAE) is an international collegiate design competition that challenges undergraduate and graduate teams to build, design, and compete a Formula-style vehicle. The objective of Formula SAE competitions is for teams to assume they are employed by a design corporation to design, fabricate, and test a prototype racecar for non-professional auto-crossers. The goal is to provide students with a platform to experience, build, and learn the engineering process. The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) hosts annual competitions in locations such as Michigan, Lincoln, Germany, and Italy. Points are earned through a series of static and dynamic events.
During this event, students are evaluated on their engineering effort and integration that went into designing the formula-styled vehicle by a panel of judges. This event displays how marketing was incorporated in the design process in terms of vehicle performance and value.
Students create a report with details of cost associated with materials, processes, and assemblies of the car. The objective of cost analysis is to teach the importance of cost and budget, decision making between content and cost, gain experience in creating and maintaining a Bill of Material, and learn the principles of Design for Manufacture and Assembly, lean manufacturing, and Minimum Constrain Design.
In this event, a team is tested on their ability to develop and deliver a comprehensive business case that will convince the executives of a corporation that their design best meets the demands of the amateur, weekend competition market.
This event evaluates the car’s maneuverability and handling qualities on tight course without the hindrance of other competing cars. This event combines the performance features of acceleration, skid-pad, and braking.
This event evaluates the overall performance of the car and to test the car’s durability and reliability. The course is set up like an autocross course but is 22 kilometers. Two drivers each drive half of the distance with a two minute pit stop where the car must stop and start under its own power. The endurance event must be completed to earn any points in fuel efficiency and endurance.
The car’s fuel efficiency is based on a metric of the amount of fuel consumed and the lap times of the endurance course, averaged over the length of the event, 22 km. The endurance score and fuel efficiency score will be calculated from the same heat.
This event tests the car’s acceleration in a straight line on flat pavement for 75 m.
This event tests the car’s cornering ability on a flat surface while making a constant-radius turn. This course is set up with two concentric circles in a figure eight pattern.