Formula SAE is a student design competition which is organized by SAE International (Society of Automotive Engineers). Every year, student design teams are tasked to develop a small formula-style race car for a fictional manufacturing company. During the competition the prototype race car is evaluated regarding the following aspects:
IIT (Illinois Institute of Technology) Motorsports is competing in its 10th consecutive year in Formula SAE competition and extends its streak this year in Formula Electric competition. IIT Motorsports is fielding an SAE Baja team as well in the 2014 competition year. In the 2012 competition IIT recieved the 2nd place car overall award in the electric class and the 2nd place car in cross-class efficiency.
IIT SAE continues to push the boundaries of race car technologies, the following are just a few of the innovative technologies IIT uses to edge out the competition.
The previous car weighed a paltry 575 lbs and had a 0-60 time of 3.2 seconds. This years team aims to cut the weight of the car by 33% by employing the a carbon monocoque chassis. This would place the car among the lightest ever run in Formula SAE competition.