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Hope Motorsports (Formula SAE)

Accelerating Engineers to the Top

formula-saeHope Motorsports, the college’s Formula SAE team, is a co-curricular group of students with majors ranging from engineering to business to religion. The team is responsible for designing, fabricating and developing a competition car for a variety of dynamic events, along with raising funds and creating a fictitious business plan to demonstrate how the car could effectively be developed from prototype to full-scale production.

Formula SAE is an international collegiate racing series organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). The Formula SAE engineering design competition is for both undergraduate and graduate students. The competition takes place at the Michigan International Speedway and hosts over 120 teams from all around the globe. 

Static event: design (15%) static event: cost analysis (10%) dynamic event: presentation (7.5%) dynamic event: Acceleration (10%)
Participants are judged on the quality and creativity of their design. Judges use team test data and analyses to evaluate the efficiency of the team's design and material decisions. Participants are judged on their theoretical budget report, detailing all costs associated with a theoretical limited production run based on their car’s design. Participants are judged on the team’s ability to deliver a business presentation convincing a hypothetical corporation that their team’s design is worthy of being mass-produced and sold. The evaluations of the car’s ability to accelerate down a 75-meter straightaway, testing power and speed.
DYNAMIC EVENT: autocross (12.5%) DYNAMIC EVENT: endurance (27.5%) DYNAMIC EVENT: skid-pad (7.5%) DYNAMIC EVENT: efficiency (10%)
The evaluations of the car’s handling through a tightly wound course testing the car’s suspension and power. The evaluation of every aspect of the car and driver abilities. It is a 22-kilometer race with a mandatory driver change halfway through the race that forces the team to restart the car after the driver change. The evaluation of the car’s cornering ability through a narrow figure-eight course, which tests the setup and balance of the suspension. The evaluation of the car’s fuel economy, which is calculated during the endurance event.