Optimizing Performance and Fuel Efficiency for a Formula SAE Car
This paper presents a system intended to optimize the balance between performance and efficiency of a vehicle completing a course. For example, the Formula SAE competition includes an endurance event where 100 points are based on fuel efficiency, and 275 points are based on performance. While lap simulation programs are typically used to decrease lap times by modifying the car’s design parameters, our goal is a lap simulation tool that can also be used to maximize the fuel efficiency while maintaining a prescribed performance level. In the FSAE event, if the fuel consumption can be reduced enough while maintaining a comparable lap time, the overall score can increase dramatically. The simulation presented will optimize gear shifts points, maximum throttle position, fuel mixture, and perform a lift and coast procedure to achieve the highest score for endurance and efficiency combined.