Who We Are and What We Do

Wisconsin Racing is a Formula SAE Team based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is an international collegiate competition where students design, build, and compete with a small scale open wheel prototype racecar.
Wisconsin Racing spends each fall semester designing new vehicles, constantly searching for ways to improve performance and increase reliability. During the winter months, the team develops the vehicle with comprehensive manufacturing processes. In this phase, the team works tirelessly to build and test the vehicles, continuously resolving any issues that arise. Everything comes together for competition in the summer, where both the combustion and electric teams will be competing at FSAE competitions held across the country. The 2022 FSAE competition will be held at FSAE Michigan.

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The team competes in two different formula competitions: internal combustion and electric. There are dozens of students who work to build one or both of the Formula SAE vehicles, but Wisconsin Racing collaborates with three other SAE vehicle teams in our Automotive Design Lounge and our student vehicle shop. The other teams we work with are SAE Clean Snowmobile, SAE Baja, and Wisconsin Autonomous. 
All of the students involved in the vehicle teams are driven to push the limits of their classroom knowledge, employing the Wisconsin Idea in action.

 

Competition

Formula SAE is an international collegiate competition where students design, build, and compete with a small scale open wheel prototype racecar. It is part of the SAE Collegiate Design Series. At competition, the team demonstrates the capabilities of the car in dynamic events and also delves into the business side of developing the car in static events.

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COST PRESENTATION

Documentation of the cost of manufacturing the vehicle

DESIGN PRESENTATION

Explain the process of engineering the vehicle and the design decisions that were made in this process

BUSINESS CASE

Pitch the business plan to mock investors and argue that it would fit the needs of the market

DYNAMIC
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ACCELERATION

Test the ability of the car to cover a certain distance in minimal time

ENDURANCE

Determine how reliable and durable the car is by its performance in a 22 kilometer race

SKIDPAD

Test how well the car handles turns with a tight figure 8 course

EFFICIENCY

Determine how efficient the car is by measuring how much energy is consumed after a race

AUTOCROSS

Test maneuverability and performance of the car by racing on a track with shorter straights, sharp turns, and slaloms.