Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is an International global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts worldwide. As an organization, SAE provides a standard in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries for the benefit of society and its safety. The SAE Foundation, SAE International’s charitable arm, channels support to The Collegiate Design Series, which includes a variety of competitions, such as: Baja, Formula, and SuperMileage.
Established in 1979, Formula SAE © is a student design competition organized by SAE International. Engineering students from across the world are challenged to develop an open wheel, open cockpit, small Formula-style racecar. The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item; therefore, students compete against each other to develop the fastest, lightest, most affordable and reliable racing vehicle. The teams are encouraged to be creative in their designs and push the boundaries of automotive engineering in all aspects: research, design, manufacture, testing, development, marketing and management. FSAE competitions are annually held in two locations within the United States: Nebraska and Michigan, the latter being the largest event and the longest running.