About UTSA Roadrunner Racing


Formula SAE is an international collegiate design competition that challenges students to con­ceive, design, fabricate and race a small formula-style race car.  Over 250 teams from around the world compete in at least one of the eight com­petitions which are held in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Australia, and Japan.  There are very few restrictions on the design of the car, allowing students to express their knowledge, creativity, and imagination.  The cars are judged in both static and dynamic events, which evaluate them in categories such as handling, performance, braking, endurance, manufacturability, design decision making process, cost, and market strategy.  In addition to competing in a world-class competition, dedi­cated young engineers gain valuable experience on the most relevant, team-oriented engineer­ing project available to students.  UTSA’s interdisciplinary team includes mechanical engineers, graphic design artist, and MBAs.


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Dynamic Events


Skid Pad: (5%)


This event tests the cornering capability of the racecar.  The car must travel around a figure-eight formation as fast as possible without knocking over any of the cones that outline the course.


Acceleration: (7.5%)


This event tests the ability for the vehicle to accelerate from rest over a 250-foot distance.  The fastest out of four runs is recorded.


Autocross: (15%)


After being allowed to walk the course for a set amount of time, drivers must maneuver the car through the tight turns and slaloms.  Any cones knocked over count as penalties.  Each team is granted four attempts, of which the fastest lap time is recorded.


 Endurance/Fuel Economy: (40%)


This brutal 22 kilometer race tests the limits of both car and driver.  There is one mandatory stop for a driver change at the halfway point.  Fuel economy is calculated and compared with other cars at the finish.  Only cars that cross the finish line can score any points.

Static Events


Business Presentation: (7.5%)


This event evaluates the team’s ability to deliver a quality technical sales presentation.  The car must be marketed to a hypothetical manufacturing firm planning to produce four cars per day for a limited production run.  The intend­ed target market is the amateur weekend autocross racer.


Cost Analysis: (10%)


Teams must submit a report detailing the total proto­type cost of the vehicle and capital expenditures (plants, machinery, and tools) for a limited production run by a hypothetical manufacturing firm.  The total cost of the vehicle must not exceed $25,000


Engineering Design: (15%)


This event rates the quality of engineering design used in the development of the race car.  Judges evaluate the team’s innovative ideas as well as test the reasoning and theory behind the design.  During this event, vehicle test data and analysis are also scrutinized.