About Us

120 teams registered. 90 cars built. 80 teams pass inspection. 70 cars are running and ready for racing. By the end of the week, another 10 cars will have been damaged beyond repair. The endurance event begins with those who remain. A final 30 will finish. Among the finishers, an elite group fight for victory. These teams hail from around the world. They are our competition.

We are UW Formula Motorsports

We design, build, test and race small formula-style race cars.  We do our own engineering, our own machining and make our own carbon fiber parts.  We find our own sponsorship, manage our own resources and conduct our own public relations.  Our drivers are all students and we maintain our own cars.  We design.  We build.  We compete.

There are many learning opportunities as a member of the team; you will have the chance to gain experience in design, manufacturing, testing, research, fundraising, management and more.  With these experiences, you will be far ahead of your peers in engineering when you graduate.  We welcome all students from across the campus.

We are a team of individuals, you will be responsible for your commitment, but there will be plenty of help along the way.  As a team, we win together and we fail together.  Do you have what it takes?

For more than 30 years, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has held an annual competition known as Formula SAE. The goal is to design and build a formula-style racing car, and then compete against similar race cars from all over the world. A Formula SAE car weighs 400 to 500 lbs, with horsepower figures ranging from 50-90 hp. With a 0 to 60 mph time in the 3-4 second range, lateral acceleration of up to 2.0 g and a 60 to 0 braking distance of about 115 ft, an FSAE car will leave most production streetcars in the dust.

The students take the role of being part of a manufacturing firm that must produce 4 racecars a day. The car is to be designed for the weekend autocross racer. This car must have excellent handling, braking, and acceleration capabilities. However, sheer performance is not the only goal. The car must be affordable, easy to maintain, and reliable. Additionally, ergonomics and aesthetics must be addressed. Surely with enough money any car can satisfy these requirements. But the Formula SAE competition requires that the maximum cost of the prototype car cannot exceed $25,000. 

At the competition, each team is judged in several events, including a cost analysis, business presentation, engineering design, and various dynamic performance trials. A panel of judges from the automotive and motorsports industry comes from all over the world for this annual event. The majority of the points earned in the competition come from the dynamic events including a grueling 13 mile endurance event.

2015 is the 27th year that the University of Washington has competed in Formula SAE. Team 27 operates under four goals:

1. To produce world-class engineers through a commitment to learning and innovation

2. To justify design decisions through engineering methods and validate simulation with physical testing

3. To design, build, test, and tune two cars to maximize points at all events at competition.

4. To improve future performance through thorough documentation of all technical and administrative work.

In 2015, the UW Formula Motorsports team placed 6th in design, marking the best design performance we ever had. However, placing 30th in the overall competition due to mechanical issues. The team also competed in Lincoln, landing an astonishing 2nd place in design and 13th overall due to a blown radiator fan fuse which lead to a blown valve cover gasket, forcing us to end endurance early.

In 2014, the team had another very successful year. In Germany, the cCar placed an impressive 6th place overall, the highest ranking to date. The electric car ended up placing 5th place overall in Lincoln.

In 2013, the UW Formula Motorsports Team made its way back to the Germany competition. This time the UW team placed 7th overall in the Formula Student Germany competition. In addition to Germany, the UW team competed in Lincoln, Nebraska and took 1st in combustion and 2nd overall in electric.

In 2012, for the first time in UW Formula Motorsports history, we competed overseas in Europe for Formula Student Germany at the Hockenheimring. Formula Student Germany draws the best teams from around the world, and the opportunity to compete there marks the next step in the growth of the UW Formula Motorsports team.

2012 also marked the beginning of development of an electric car. It was the first year that an electric vehicle competition ran in parallel with the combustion competition in the United States. Formula Student Germany has had an electric competition for a few years now, but now we have the opportunity to compete here in the US as well.  

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Thanks to all of our sponsors! Building two cars is a not only a tremendous engineering challenge, but also a financial one.

We couldn't do it without them. Check out the full list.



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