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Formula SAE

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:

  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross.
  • Efficiency
  • Endurance
  • Business Presentation
  • Engineering Design

IIT Motorsports

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 Hybrid competition. In the 2012 competition IIT received the 2nd place car overall award in the electric class and the 2nd place car in cross-class efficiency.

Pushing The Limits

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.

  • Hub-mounted in-wheel direct-drive motors
  • 4-wheel independent electric drive
  • Passive phase change material cooling for high voltage systems

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.

White Car 2017 Info:

Curb Weight: 265 kg Battery Capacity: 5371 Wh Config: Single Motor Rear Drive Config: Steel Tube
Weight Distribution: 45-55 Battery Cell: Panasonic - Prismatic NMC Motor: Emrax 208 Chassis weight: 42 kg
Wheel Base: 64 in Pack Voltage: 300 V GearBox: n/a Wheels: K2W Precision 10 in
Track Width: 53.5 in front Battery Config: 72S1P Max Torque: 160Nm Centerlocks: No
Ride Height: 3 in Max Power: 80kW Max Speed: 120 mph Tires: 18.0 x 6.0 Hoosier Racing

See What Each Sub-Team Does


Responsible for the design and fabrication of the main structural component of the vehicle. Engineers must prove their design meets strict safety and performance metrics, while minimizing the weight of their design. Involves extensive finite-element analysis as well as hands on work with welding and carbon fiber composites.
Responsible for the design of a system that optimizes vehicle handling characteristics. Engineers are also responsible for the design of the braking subsystem. This involves problems in vehicle dynamics, and design involves work in CAD and proprietary simulation software.
Responsible for designing a system that gets power from the motor to the wheels as efficiently as possible. Works closely with the electrical team in design choices, and work involves extensive finite element analysis and Simulink models.
Responsible for the design and fabrication of the vehicle's wing elements, undertray, and cooling ducts. This work aims to maximize downforce while minimizing drag, allowing our team to find a sweet spot between cornering ability and fuel efficiency. The team's work involves rigorous analysis in ANSYS Fluent, as well as hands on experience working with carbon fiber.
Responsible for the design and fabrication of the vehicle's high and low voltage components, as well as the programming of control and sensor systems. Engineers have the opportunity to design a high energy density 300V battery pack and custom PCBs. Students work on data and signal processing related problems with the various sensors used in our vehicle, and we are also looking to start a project related to autonomous vehicles.

Our Team

Mahesh-Krishnamurthy

Mahesh Krishnamurthy

Faculty Advisor

Qiyuan-Zhou-President

Qiyuan Zhou

President

Paul-Hoffman-Aero-team-lead

Paul Hoffman

Aero Team Lead

Mike-Findlay-Chassis-team-lead

Mike Findlay

Chassis Team Lead

Kyle-Hebel-Electrical-Team-Lead

Kyle Hebel

Electrical Team Lead

Thomas-Spillman-Powertrain-team-lead

Thomas Spillman

Powertrain Team Lead

Michael-Zapotoczny-suspension-team-lead

Michael Zapotoczny

Suspension Team Lead

Adithya-Subramanian

Adithya Subramanian

Aero

Amelia-Rupp

Amelia Rupp

Aero

Austin-Worley

Austin Worley

Aero

Faraaz-Hussain

Faraaz Hussain

Aero

Jan-Belignon

Jan Belignon

Aero

Sergio-Pardo

Sergio Pardo

Aero

Shashwat-Kasturey

Shashwat Kasturey

Aero

Fahad-Wahid

Fahad Wahid

Chassis

James-Conner

James Conner

Chassis

Matthew-Randle

Matthew Randle

Chassis

Max-Kristy

Max Kristy

Chassis

Thomas-Wolff

Thomas Wolff

Chassis

Tyler-Schoell-chassis

Tyler Schoell

Chassis

Williams-Loredo

Williams Loredo

Chassis

Yael-Torres

Yael Torres

Electrical

Ashley-Bill

Ashley Bill

Powertrain

David-kim

David Kim

Powertrain

Hong-Wei-Joey-Tan

Hong Wei(Joey) Tan

Powertrain

Matthew-Bunda

Matthew Bunda

Powertrain

Shannon-Bachmeier

Shannon Bachmeier

Powertrain

Wayiti-Kawasaier

Wayiti Kawasaier

Powertrain

Christian-Hiebl-Powertrain

Christian Hiebl

Powertrain

Jeffrey Brundidge

Jeffrey Brundidge

Suspension

Thank You to our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors who make our dream of competing and growing within Formula SAE a reality. Due to the generous donations we receive from our sponsors, it is possible that we are successful. We thank you for our successes and we hope you will continue to sponsor IIT FSAE Motorsports

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