About Us

About Us

What do we do?

  • For more than 30 years, the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) has held an annual competition known as Formula SAE. The competition directive is for students to design and build a formula-style racing car, and then compete against similar race cars built by other students from all over the world. Today, over 500 teams compete world-wide.

    • A typical Formula SAE car weighs from 300 to 600 lbs, with horsepower figures ranging from 40-100 hp. Most cars can boast a 0 to 60 mph time in the 3-4 second range, lateral acceleration of up to 2.5 g and a 60 to 0 braking distance of about 115 ft.

  • SAE requires our car to be designed for the weekend autocross racer. SAE programs are directed to build a car that has excellent handling, braking, and acceleration capabilities. However, sheer performance is not the only goal. The car must also be design to be affordable, easy to maintain, and reliable. Additionally, ergonomics and aesthetics must be addressed.

  • Here at UWashington Formula Motorsports, we design, build, test and compete with an electric formula-style race car. Everything that our club produces is done entirely in-house. We produce our own designs, perform our own machining and manufacture our own carbon fiber parts. However, we couldn’t achieve the level of success are team is known for without the help of our beloved sponsors.

Who are we?

2019 is the 31st year that the University of Washington has competed in Formula SAE. Team 31 operates under four goals:

  1. To produce world-class, versatile engineers and leaders capable of safely achieving any goal with the utmost professionalism and dedication.
  2. To foster a team that is welcoming to all, through strong ethical leadership and inclusion of all regardless of nationality, race, gender or religion.
  3. To further our education by applying modern engineering methods in the design and manufacture of an electric car, validated by high performance at competition.
  4. To utilize sensible, simple and comprehensive methods of documentation to improve future performance.

What do members gain from our program?

  • There are countless learning opportunities for members of our program; you will have the chance to gain valuable experience in design, manufacturing, testing, research, fundraising, management and more. In garnering these experiences, you will be far ahead of your academic peers in practical engineering know-how when you graduate.

  • Being a part of UW Formula Motorsports is akin to being an integral part of a small business. As a member of our program, you will be accountable for your own work. Don’t fret though, there will be plenty of help from experienced members along the way.

  • In addition to their regular course load, we encourage all of our members to register for class credit. Being a member of the Formula team allows you to earn independent study credit. For example, mechanical engineering students can receive one credit of ME 498 (pre-engineering) and 2-5 credits of ME 499, per quarter.