Learning about practical math and fabrication takes on a whole new meaning when Formula SAE race cars are involved. Students get to put their knowledge to the test on a racetrack. Fortunately, a growing number of universities offer opportunities for young people to get involved with a racing team.

Because of this, we’ve got some great teams that we follow. Also, we get to provide material for these teams. We’re glad that Online Metals is able to help by providing materials needed to make these dreams a reality!

As we often say in the office, makers make our job exciting!

Our favorites to watch!

Check-out some of these exciting designs coming out of schools that we follow. University of Washington, Oregon State University, and Villanova University are some of our favorites!

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UWashington Formula Motorsports

The UW Formula SAE race team is over 30 years old!  Their list of vehicles and accomplishments is truly impressive. Originally the team built combustion engine cars. But over beginning in 2012 they began making combustion and electric race cars. For the 2018-2019 year, they announced they will exclusively focus on electric cars.

The team presents their works at the PSEC engineering fair and inspires attendees with their impressive vehicle. To see more of the team’s photos, visit their Facebook page or their official webpage which has pictures and awards for their current and previous cars.

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Global Formula Racing

A partnership between Oregon State University’s Beaver Racing Team and the BA Racing Team from Duale Hochschule Baden-Württemburg-Ravensburg in Germany. Because of this, they race under the name Global Formula Racing (GFR).

Due to this slightly unusual arrangement, GFR builds two nearly identical Formula SAE race cars at each campus. The OSU team makes the combustion car, while the DHBW team makes an electric model.

Coming with a strong reputation, GFR won first place at numerous competitions in 2010-2015.

Check out their Facebook page or their website to see what cool things they are working with now! They’ve got pictures, stats, and awards for their previous cars listed there too.

Also, the author of this post is a proud OSU alum. Go Beavs!

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Villanova FSAE NovaRacing

Another college team we follow! This team also exhibits at the Philadelphia auto show. They are often at events but make time for some brilliant machining as well. They are the youngest team on this list, being formed in 2008.

Despite some underwhelming initial performances, the team is always improving and learning from past mistakes. We look forward to hearing more about upcoming races and keeping track of the team’s placement. To keep up with the Villanova Formula SAE team, follow them on Facebook.

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All of these teams are made possible by donations of materials suppliers and dedicated mentors to help the students along the way.  We want to say thanks to the advisers and sponsors who help these students learn, discover and grow through engineering!

Do your part!

University Formula SAE teams are always on a tight budget. Therefore, they can always use your help with donations or sponsorships. Even if you don’t own a business, you can still help!

Further, thanks again to everybody who makes these teams work. Beyond helping businesses such as ours, you are helping people learn. The students are learning how to better themselves and the world we all live in.

Finally, we wish all of these teams the greatest success in these and future endeavors!

Would you like to know more?

We actually have a video from one of our other Formula SAE customers who had a bad spinout during a test.