Projects you might work on

Click interest groups below to find out what kinds of projects you could work on!


Mechanical is the core of our team and has been since its inception in 1989. Every metal component on our vehicle, save for the motor and suspension dampers are designed and machined in our shop. If you find yourself a mechanical role, you can expect to spend your time designing and building any one of these projects below:

  • A-arms in suspension: Allow for a smoother ride and greater ability in cornering
  • Acceleration and braking pedal assemblies
  • Brackets of all shapes and sizes
  • Certain enclosures (accumulator that holds the batteries for example)
  • Chassis: Body of the vehicle
  • Constant-velocity shafts (CV shafts): Functions as the carrier for the planetary gear box. Transfers power to the wheels
  • Drag Reduction System (DRS): A control system attached to the rear wing that allows the driver to increase or reduce the amount of drag produced by the vehicle
  • Mounts of all shapes and sizes
  • Planetary gear boxes: Power transfer system that converts rotational energy from the motors to the CV shaft (comprised of a sun gear, planet gears, a ring gear)
  • Rack and pinion assembly: Connects the turning of the steering wheel to the turning of the wheels
  • Roll bars: Keep the driver safe in case of emergency
  • Steering column: Connects the steering wheel to the rack and pinion assembly
  • Wheel uprights: Fastens the wheels and brakes to the suspension

And many more…

We build an electric racecar, so this focus is essentially the life-blood of the team. You may be surprised to find that the size and scale of electronics required are far past just that of the motors and batteries. If you find yourself an electronics role, you can expect to spend your time designing and building any one of these projects below:

  • Accumulator Indicator Light (AIL): Communicates the status of the accumulator (the sub-section of the car that holds the batteries and logic for them)
  • Battery Management System (BMS): Provides logic to the batteries, determining where to draw voltage to satisfy the amount of power requested by the driver’s acceleration pedal
  • Braking System Plausibility Device (BSPD): Sensor that determines how ‘hard’ the driver is braking and relays that information to the brakes
  • Brake light
  • Charging and discharging the batteries
  • Dashboard: Provides vital information to the driver
  • DC-AC Converter (aka Inverter): Converts the DC power of the batteries into AC power for the motors
  • DC-DC Converters: Takes high voltage power and converts to lower voltages to be utilized by low voltage systems around the vehicle
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Power Distribution Unit (PDU): An electrical device used to control the distribution of power to individual loads
  • Torque controller board: Given how ‘hard’ the accelerator is pressed, this logic board determines the amount of torque the motors will deliver
  • Tractive System Active Light (TSAL): Communicates whether the voltage in the cars system exceeds 60V DC (60V DC is the minimum voltage to be considered High Voltage)

And many more…

Computer science finally found a home in formula motorsports just a few short years back when electric racecars made their way to the scene. With the addition of autonomous competitions in the near future the demand for computer science know-how is higher than ever. If you find yourself a computer science role, you can expect to spend your time designing and building any one of these projects below:

  • Accumulator Indicator Light (AIL): Communicates the status of the accumulator (the sub-section of the car that holds the batteries and logic for them)
  • Autonomous driving research team (Go to About Us > Special Groups)
  • Battery Management System (BMS): Provides logic to the batteries, determining where to draw voltage to satisfy the amount of power requested by the driver’s acceleration pedal
  • Braking System Plausibility Device (BSPD): Sensor that determines how ‘hard’ the driver is braking and relays that information to the brakes
  • Charging and discharging the batteries
  • Dashboard: Provides vital information to the driver
  • Global Positioning System (GPS)
  • Power Distribution Unit (PDU): An electrical device used to control the distribution of power to individual loads
  • Torque controller board: Given how ‘hard’ the accelerator is pressed, this logic board determines the amount of torque the motors will deliver
  • Tractive System Active Light (TSAL): Communicates whether the voltage in the cars system exceeds 60V DC (60V DC is the minimum voltage to be considered High Voltage)

And many more…

I think it’s safe to say that no other role has used greater innovation in recent years than materials science. It’s an exciting time to say the least. A significant amount of the vehicle is made from carbon fiber, and this coming season we are raising the bar even higher. If you find yourself a materials science role, you can expect to spend your time designing and building any one of these projects below:

  • Accumulator cover: Waterproofing and heatproofing cover for the electronics of the battery pack
  • Chassis: Body of the vehicle
  • Constant-velocity shafts (CV shafts): Functions as the carrier for the planetary gear box. Transfers power to the wheels
  • Front wing: An aerodynamic feature that increases downforce at the front of the vehicle
  • Heel cuffs: Ergonomic portion of the acceleration and brake pedal assemblies that hold the drivers’ feet in place
  • Racing seat
  • Rear wing: An aerodynamic feature that increases downforce at the rear of the vehicle
  • Side wings: An aerodynamic feature that increases downforce in the center of the vehicle
  • Undertray: An aerodynamic feature that increases downforce over the entire length of the vehicle. It is placed under the vehicle, hence the name

And many more…

If you are not sure what engineering major you would like to pursue, you will be placed on a manufacturing team to make parts for other technical teams. In the spring, you will transition to a technical team and take on intro-level support positions to gain exposure in the various facets of Formula Motorsports and build your skills.

Example Projects:

  • Assembling printed circuit boards
  • SolidWorks design

Why does a university racing team need business and finance students? It may be surprising to hear, but to build a new racecar each and every year we require a comprehensive business and financial plan. Although we find it highly beneficial for our engineering team members to gain experience in areas like business and finance, having a formidable business presence to lead and advise general operations would be ideal.

Over the past 31 years our team has developed a recipe for dominating on the racetrack, but we feel that that same level of dominance is not as apparent in the administrative areas of our team. The type of work we envision for art/film students is mostly on the public relations side of administrative duties. If you find yourself an art/film role, you can expect to spend your time working on any one of these projects below:

  • Apparel design (shirts, polos, socks, jackets, sweaters, hats, etc.)
  • Graphic design (car livery, stickers, posters, coasters, vinyls, flags, etc.)
  • Informational/Instructional videos
  • Promotional videos
  • Team member interviews
  • Vehicle design (Formula One Style Steering Wheel, Ergonomic Carbon Fiber Racing Seat, Head Rest, etc.)

And many more…

Nothing is more important than passion in Formula Motorsports, so if you love cars you’re already a good fit. For individuals new to motorsport, you would most likely find yourself in a manufacturing role. That means earning a machine shop certification and/or gaining experience in the composites lab. Some of the equipment you would be using includes:

  • 3-D printers
  • 3-axis and 5-axis mills
  • Autoclave
  • Laser cutter
  • Lathes
  • Numerous saws
  • Waterjet

And many more…

Over the course of your first year you would gradually levitate towards the technical team that is best suited for you. Individuals with motorsport experience are welcome to apply to any one of our technical teams.