SAE car on display at an event prior to the competition
Mesa Motorsports Formula SAE race car was on display at the Student Showcase last month.


Mesa Motorsports Formula SAE car will return to Michigan

The Formula SAE car designed and built by Colorado Mesa's engineering students' club, Mesa Motorsports, will return to the Michigan International Speedway next year for the annual collegiate competition after a good news-bad news weekend (May 9-13) at this year's competition.

The team and its car passed all the technical inspections, ran great through the noise and tracking test but, due to issues with the front brakes, was not able to run in the autocross or endurance events.  Despite that, the performance of the team and its car earned them a berth at the 2018 event.

Formula SAE is an international collegiate student competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). Each team must conceive, design and fabricate a collegiate-level formula style race car that meets all Formula SAE standards and regulations; prepare and present a business proposal to a board of investors; provide a report detailing the cost of every component; undergo a technical inspection and design critique from qualified industry members from companies such as: Ford, GM, Chrysler, Bosch, Space X, etc.; and finally compete in the dynamic race events including: acceleration, skid pad, autocross, endurance and efficiency. 

The autocross and endurance events are races against the clock. The autocross involves a lot of tight turns around and through traffic cones. The endurance event covers a distance of 22km (about 13.6 miles) with a change of drivers halfway through.

More information about the team and its car may be found on the club's Facebook page at

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