Process

DESIGN

As a team, we design a Formula One style electric racing car, which is single-seat, open cockpit, and open wheel.

BUILD

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

COMPETE

Currently, we compete in the International Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE®) Series. The Mark-1.5  will be attending the U.S. competition in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, June 2019.

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 formula racing teams in the world, placing first at the FSAE Lincoln 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.

WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN 

AER will be competing at Formula SAE Lincoln, 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 presen- tations 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, production, and evaluation 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 mea- sures 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.

Our team