Student Competition Teams - Virginia Tech FSAE

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Virginia Tech University

Formula SAE

The Formula SAE program is the longest running Virginia Tech student design competition program. Created in 1989, the FSAE goal is to create a high-performance formula-style race car as a platform for integrating classroom theory and practical elements of engineering design. The VT FSAE program is a working model for the “hands-on, minds-on” approach to engineering education at Virginia Tech.

VT Motorsports differs from other senior design projects in that the team follows a two-year design process through junior and senior years, culminating in the FSAE competition. The VT FSAE team is multidisciplinary, made up of aerospace, electrical, and mechanical engineering and business students, with close to 70 active members.

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Team Facts

  • Began competing at the 1988 event, with a 10th place finish (see team history)
  • Built 23 FSAE cars – a new vehicle every year since 1988
  • Finished in the Top 10 eight times and the Top 5 six times, and won the 1991 FSAE Michigan competition
  • Made the design semifinals the last two years in a row, FSAE Michigan 2010 and 2011
  • Recognized as one of two teams for the “Best Design Report” at FSAE Michigan 2011
  • MATLAB and Simulink workflow:
    • Concept and preliminary design
    • Detailed design and analysis
    • FSAE event simulation
    • Data acquisition and test
    • Model validation
    • Design optimization

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