LSE Motorsports Formula SAE (Team Name and Logo Subject to Change) What is Formula SAE? • Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE international • The first competition was held in 1979 • It was originally started as an alternative to the Mini-Baja event that would allow students to work on engines (Mini-Baja must use a supplied engine) What is Formula SAE? • The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formulastyle race car. • The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. • The target marketing group for the race car 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. Competitions • • • • Several competitions are held each year The event held in Michigan is the largest and longest running event (May) There is also an event held in Nebraska (June) Internationally, there are events held around the world including: • • • • • • • Formula SAE Australasia Formula SAE Brazil Formula SAE Italy Formula Student (UK) Formula Student Austria Formula Student Germany Formula SAE Japan General Design Requirements • Vehicle must be open-wheeled and open-cockpit • Must fit a driver ranging from the 5th percentile female to 95th percentile male • Engine must be 4 stroke, and displacement cannot exceed 610cc • All air entering the engine must pass through a 20mm restrictor Competition Judging • Cars are judged based on a series of events • The events fall under two categories: • Static Events • Dynamic Events Static Events • Technical Inspection • Does the vehicle meet the FSAE rules? • Cost and Manufacturing • Report on how much the vehicle will cost, including manufacturability • Presentation • How well can you present the business case for your car? • Design • Evaluate the engineering design work that went into the car Dynamic Events • Acceleration • Straight Drag 75m long • Skid Pad • Fastest time on a figure-8 track • Autocross • Track with lots of tight turns, measure maneuverability • Efficiency + Endurance • 22km track that must be completed at a minimum speed • Measures fuel efficiency and ability of your car to not break down Scoring • Static Events Technical Inspection Cost and Manufacturing Presentation Design Total No Points 100 Points 75 Points 150 Points 325 Points • Dynamic Events Acceleration Skid Pad Autocross Efficiency Endurance Total 75 Points 50 Points 150 Points 100 Points 300 Points 675 Points Local Formula SAE Teams (AKA Rivals??) University of Toronto Ryerson University University of Waterloo What are the biggest challenges in FSAE? MEMBERSHIP MONEY UNIVERSITY BUREAUCRACY Membership • • • • Retaining members is the hardest thing Students will spend an average of 20 hours per week on the car Build team spirit through team uniforms, track days, etc. Mentorship programs – Match new members with more experienced members • Take a leadership role! • • • • • Project Leader Chief Engineer Subsystem Leads Treasurer Secretary Money • A top vehicle requires approximately $70,000 in cash and parts • A new vehicle must be made every year, so you need to raise this money every year! • Sponsorships from companies will be your lifeblood Keep the sponsors happy and interested! • Hold events such as sponsor days • Send out regular newsletters updating your sponsors • Create promotional videos Bureaucracy • Organizing build space • Permission to use parking lots for testing • Machine Shop use (will it be free or charged?) • Faculty Supervisor support (Professor Czekanski has volunteered) • And a million other things Skills SolidWorks • Get a free student copy from the school • Workshop coming soon Machining Skills • Much of the work on the car will require machine shop skills • Mechanical Engineers will get training next year • Other students will have to go through a training session with the machine shop Skills Design • Pay attention in your 1102 class! • Come to design club , participate in design competitions, etc. • Remember - Hacking≠Design Simulation • • • • Abaqus CAE Ansys Altair Hyperworks Race-Sim software (custom) Skills Welding • MIG and TIG welding • Will hold workshop through the machine shop Electronics • Vehicle electrical systems • Vehicle Telemetry • Safety Systems Skills Automotive • • • • • • • Engine Powertrain Suspension Braking Structure Aerodynamics Material Science Skills Business and Administration • • • • Leadership Project Management Costing and Budgeting Networking Future Meetings • Meet as a group once a week • Start dividing the work required • Create Sub-system teams • Build Knowledge! • Research technical aspects and present to the team • Build a sponsorship plan • Start the design planning! • Build a car design library Homework • Check out the Formula SAE forums (http://www.fsae.com/forums/forum.php) • What is the best time for you to meet? • Think about a subsystem you want to specialize in • Grab your graphics design buddy and make a logo!