Our team designs, builds, and races a Formula Style Electric Racing Vehicle.


Built from the ground up. With the help of our sponsors and hard-working team members, our design becomes a functional racing car.


Currently, we compete in the International Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE®) Series. The AER-20  will be attending the U.S. competition in Fontana, CA USA, June 2020.


About us

Aztec Electric Racing (AER) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, electric Formula SAE team at San Diego State University. We design, build, and race a small-scale, high performance race car every year. We Strive to stimulate student interest in engineering, the automotive industry, Business and racing. Each car is built in less than a year and taken to an annual competition for judging and comparison with other colleges from around the world. The purpose of AER is to enhance collegiate education via engineering design, manufacturing, marketing and business management of a small, open-wheel formula car company.

Aztec Electric Racing strives to design, manufacture, and test a high performance electric formula car that will compete among the top FSAE teams in the world, placing first at the FSAE California Event. In order to accomplish this task, we have made the decision to operate as a fully functioning Engineering firm, employing a host of communication platforms, systems engineering techniques, and business management strategies. Members of Aztec Electric Racing  will leave with a host of real world engineering, business, and communication skills, prepared to enter the workforce as key players in the company of their choosing.



AER will be competing at Formula SAE California, a very demanding and intensive event. All teams must pass static and dynamic technical inspections. There are five dynamic events created to test the design and performance of the car. Additionally, three presentations must be submitted to document and evaluate the team’s cost efficiency, business plan and organization, and engineering design.

Business Presentation: Assesses the team’s ability to compile a business plan for an engineering firm that brings their car to market most effectively.

Cost Report: Appraises the team’s ability to efficiently and effectively balance the performance of the vehicle with the cost of designing and manufacturing the car.

Design: Evaluate the team’s ability to apply engineering practices in the design and production of all subsystems on the car.

Autocross: Evaluates the car’s maneuverability and handling qualities based on acceleration, braking, and corning.

Endurance: Evaluates the overall performance of the car and to test the car’s durability and reliability.

Efficiency: Evaluates the car’s energy efficiency by monitoring energy usage during the endurance heat.

Skid-pad: Two heats that measures the car’s cornering ability on a flat surface while making a constant-radius turn.

Acceleration: Evaluates the car’s acceleration in a straight line on a flat 75m strip of pavement.



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