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What We Do

Our Subteams 


 

Aerodynamics

The aerodynamics team is responsible for the design and manufacturing of components including; front and rear wings, sidepods, undertray, and nosecone. Extensive CFD analysis is used to design the aero package, which is then validated with wind tunnel and on-track testing. Aerodynamic components are manufactured almost entirely out of carbon fiber using a wet layup autoclave process.

Brakes

The brakes team is responsible for the design and manufacturing of the brakes system. The brakes system is an integral element of vehicle performance and a key safety system. They use a variety of manufacturing methods and simulation techniques to optimize the system from master cylinders to rotors

Business & Media

The business team plays an important role for the team, especially during competition. The objective is to pitch a formula racecar manufacturing company to a team of investors based on the real specifications of our car. The team is also entrusted with all sponsor relations, fundraising, team financials, as well as our online presence.

Chassis

The chassis team is responsible for designing, testing, and manufacturing the carbon fiber monocoque. Extensive CAE analysis and physical testing are conducted in order to ensure that the design is not only optimized for weight and stiffness, but also that it is safe and in accordance with FSAE rules. The chassis is manufactured almost entirely out of carbon fiber using a series of prepreg and wet layup autoclave processes

Electronics

The electronics team designs and builds the circuits and wiring that operate the car. All of the systems and sensors on the car are integrated by the electronics team. The team does everything from circuit level design and programming to on-track troubleshooting. The electronics team is a great place to get hands on experience with the circuits you learn about in class.

Ergonomics & Driver Interface

The ergonomics team is responsible for making the driver feel comfortable in the car and ensuring that he or she can intuitively understand how the car is responding to the track and environment. This is accomplished through the design of the steering wheel, seat, foot pedals and dashboard. Having a driver that is in tune with the car is critical as when the driver is comfortable, they drive faster. 

Powertrain

The engine team is responsible for developing the most powerful, efficient, and lightweight engine package possible within the constraints of the FSAE rulebook. In order to do this, they heavily modify a 599cc 4-cylinder engine both internally and externally. Some projects include; developing a custom dry sump oil system, custom single ring gas ported pistons, and a carbon fiber intake with dual stage injection and active runners. The team completes almost all tasks in-house using software such as Solidworks, GT-Power, and Fluent and manufacturing processes such as CNC milling, lathing, and TIG welding. The team also is responsible for all tuning of the engine package including; fuel and spark, traction control and launch control. Tuning is done both on a DC engine dynamometer and in CAR, the team’s testing facility. 

Suspension

The suspension team is responsible for taking the loads generated by all other subteams and transferring them into the tires. In order to maximize the use of the tire, simulations are performed on all levels of the vehicle. Components for the suspension are manufactured with a variety of methods including manual and CNC machining, composites, welding and more. Once the car is ready to drive, the suspension team collaborates with the vehicle dynamics team to extract the most out of the car.

Vehicle Dynamics & Simulation

The vehicle dynamics and simulation subteam is responsible for optimizing the car’s performance. Using a variety of simulation techniques, including CarSim and a custom-built lap time optimizer, the vehicle dynamics and simulation team perform high level design and tuning optimization on vehicle parameters. The team also tunes the car, designs and executes tests, and trains drivers. They work closely with the aerodynamics team to provide design targets and quantify the effect of design decisions.