Public Affairs, The California State University

Engineers on the Fast Track

by Elizabeth Chapin

Student teams from 10 CSUs recently took to the track in Formula SAE, an automotive engineering competition in which students must design, build and test their own prototype race car.

10 of the 81 teams that competed in the international competition came from a CSU. Teams from Chico, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Northridge, Pomona, Sacramento, San Diego, San José and San Luis Obispo traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska for the June 19-22 event.

The competition, which is hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers, encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry: from design and testing, to marketing and finance.

Top teams were ranked overall based on their scores in a number of individual categories including design, presentation, cost, acceleration and fuel efficiency.

Cal Poly Pomona was ranked 7th overall, with teams from CSUN and SJSU also placing in the top 20, at 17th and 20th.

The San José State team took first place in the acceleration category, while Cal Poly Pomona was ranked second in endurance.

Find out how all of the CSU’s teams did here, and learn more about each team and car here.