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 will be attending the U.S. competition in Lincoln, Nebraska USA, June 21-24, 2017.

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 and stimulate student interest in engineering, the automotive industry, 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, and marketing of a small, open-wheel formula car.

Our mission is to produce a high performance electric formula car that will succeed amongst other top Formula Electric Racing teams. AER will push the boundaries of elec- tric racing with the hope of taking first place overall at this year’s national competition.

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