FSAE | Introduction
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FSAE | Introduction


The University of Hartford Formula SAE Team is a group of highly dedicated individuals who spend a significant amount of time during their school year designing, building, and ultimately racing a Formula SAE racecar.  Every year in May, a new racecar takes part in an international competition sanctioned by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International).

More than 100 teams from colleges and universities across the globe compete in this unique engineering design challenge.  The competition is based not only on the racing performance of the vehicle, but also on the engineering practices used in the design process as well as the cost and manufacturing of the vehicle, and the team’s business and marketing plans for the vehicle.


Over the years, the University of Hartford FSAE Team has shown steady improvement, working hard to establish itself as an underdog contender in a competition ruled by schools of a much larger size and financial means.  The team achieved significant improvements from 2008 to 2011, going from placing 72nd  overall all the way to 31st within a few short years. This success is due in large part to the extreme dedication of team members who regularly put in 25 or more hours a week of work on the car, while being full-time engineering students with heavy course loads.

The other key factor in the success of our team is our sponsors.  The team sponsors have played an absolutely critical role over the years especially in recent years with challenging economic times and the ever-rising costs of travel and transportation.  Without the dedicated support of our sponsors, the team would not be able to either manufacture the car or get it to the competition.

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