Formula SAE® Lincoln

June 20-23, 2018 │ Lincoln, NE USA │ Lincoln Airpark

Event Location:
Lincoln Airpark
3401 West Luke
Lincoln, NE 68524

About Formula SAE Series

In 1981, SAE International (formerly known as Society of Automotive Engineers) developed and managed the first Formula SAE student competition with assistance of Ron Matthews, Professor at University of Texas. SAE International operated the only Formula SAE competition for 17 years before its partnership with IMeche (Institution of Mechanical Engineers) in England where the brand “Formula Student” was developed. Since its inception, Formula SAE has expanded and includes many spin off events. In the United States there are two competitions managed by SAE International. Internationally, the expansion of Formula SAE/Formula Student has exploded to over 20 competitions currently hosted by engineering societies or private business.

The SAE International Formula SAE program is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The competition provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a challenging competition. The engineering design goal for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat racecar for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.

The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar. The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the racecar 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. The vehicle will be inspected in a series of tests to ensure it complies with the competition rules; in addition, the vehicle with driver will be judged in many performance tests on track. The rest of the judging is completed by experts from motorsports, automotive, aerospace and supplier industries on student design, cost and sales presentations.

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.

In 2006, Dartmouth College (partnered with SAE International) created the fuel alternative event Formula Hybrid using Formula SAE cars with gasoline-electric hybrid power plants.

History

North American Competitions

Formula SAE

First Competition - 1981
Organizing Institution - SAE
1981 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 6
Number of participating students: 40
Site: University of Texas, Austin, TX
2017 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 120; onsite: 111
Number of participating students: 2299
Site: Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

Formula SAE Lincoln

First Competition - 2012
Organizing Institution - SAE
2006 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 70
Number of participating students: 559
Site: California Speedway, Fontana, CA
2017 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 80; onsite: 74
Number of participating students: 1397
Site: Lincoln Airpark, Lincoln, NE

Formula SAE Electric

First Competition - 2013
Organizing Institution - SAE
2013 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 20; onsite: 9
Number of participating students: 108
Site: Lincoln Airpark, Lincoln, NE
2017 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 30; onsite: 22
Number of participating students: 384
Site: Lincoln Airpark, Lincoln, NE

Formula SAE at VIR

First Competition - 2008
Organizing Institution - SAE
2008 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 43
Number of participating students: 559
Site: Virginia International Raceway, Danville, VA
2009 Competition Data Number of registered teams: 40
Number of participating students: 315
Site: Virginia International Raceway, Danville, VA
Note: SAE announced event suspended until further notice due to economy and lack of student demand.
   
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