2018 marks UWashington Formula Motorsports’ 29th year of designing, building and racing some of the world’s fastest Formula SAE cars. However, this year is special because it marks the first year that UWFM will only build an electric Formula car.
This summer, UWFM is determined to win Formula Student Electric in Lincoln, NE.
Building and racing Formula SAE cars is expensive. A single set of batteries for our electric car can cost over $6,000 and attending competition overseas costs over $15,000
Since we are a student-organized collegiate club, UWFM relies on sponsorship and donations to cover 100% of our costs.
Help us make history by donating to help cover our annuals costs. By supporting our program, you’re doing more than supporting the next generation of engineering and business professionals. You’re supporting the UW, your community, your country, even yourself.
(Because our organization is a registered 501(c)(3), any donation made to UWFM is tax deductible.)
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Formula SAE is an engineering design competition for undergraduate and graduate students. The design directive is for teams is to develop and construct a single-seat race car for the non-professional weekend autocross racer with the best overall package of design, construction, performance and cost.
The competition provides participants with the opportunity to enhance their engineering design and project management skills by applying learned classroom theories in a competitive setting.
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As the main structural component of the car, the chassis must be incredibly strong to withstand the forces a car undergoes while racing. What’s more, the chassis must also be light to keep the car nimble and fast. Luckily, the Chassis Team has mastered the use of carbon fiber, a material that’s a strong as it is light.
The black magic of racecar engineering; turning air into grip. To do just that, the Aerodynamics Team designs and manufactures a front wing, rear wing, and undertray. Together, these components use the weight of the air passing over them, or downforce, to press all four tires into the track. This force gives the driver more grip, allowing the driver to corner at higher speeds without losing traction.
The hard to see, yet incredibly powerful, electronics systems on our cars produce invaluable data and are imperative to the car’s function. The Electronics team produces a wide variety of components, from the steering wheel, to the dashboard, to the power distribution unit.
When it comes to constructing our cars swiftly, the manufacturing teams shine brightest. Whether it is a complex aluminum bracket or curvaceous carbon fiber enclosure, these teams manage to produce high quality parts at an alarmingly fast rate.
Quite simply, powertrain is the heart and muscle of the cars that makes them faster than some six-figure supercars. These systems consist of the engine and differential for our combustion car and the electronic drivetrain for our electric car. Together, these systems generate and deliver the power to the ground, with the help of uniquely modified power sources and complex drivetrain systems.
Pulling a large amounts of g-force is a point of pride for the Suspension team. Whether it be 2.6 G’s under braking or 2.2 G’s in a fast, sweeping corner, the suspension team aims to maximize performance out of the tires whilst keeping components lightweight and strong.
For UWFM, building two racecars is just the tip of a logistical and financial iceberg. After paying for shipping costs, our team must coordinate with several local companies just to get our cars and equipment through customs. What’s more, shipping is just one of several competition related costs. In fact, just registering UWFM for our U.S. competition costs nearly $5000!
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