There are two parts to each competition, each with their own series of events.


These parts are known as

Static and Dynamic Events.


The events award the team points towards a grand total.

The team with the greatest total wins the competition overall.


Some events, such as tech inspection, award no points but are required in order to proceed to other events for safety reasons.

There are multiple Formula competitions which take place around the world every year. Some of which have been officially sanctioned by SAE International, others which have been put on by local organizations who are

passionate about the benefits of the Formula SAE program and wish to offer a local venue for nearby teams.

These competitions provide multiple opportunities for teams from around the world to show off their designs and

discuss the their shared passions.


Click the button to the right to see a map of the various competitions around the world and visit their respective websites.

Formula SAE Around the World

Business Logic Case

Each team is required to submit a brief Business Logic Case. This states the considerations and concessions made by the team throughout the course of making design and manufacturing choices. This is not an event per say but is integrated in with all the other static events to verify and cross reference choices made and justifications given to judges throughout the static events.

Points Awarded:

Integrated into other static events


Cost Report

A comprehensive cost report detailing all incurred costs (raw materials, manufacturing procedures, as built parts etc...) in producing the designed vehicle is submitted to the prior to the competition and is reviewed by a panel of judges.  This includes two real case scenarios where the team must respond to a challenge related to the cost or manufacturing of a given vehicle component.

Points Awarded:

100 Points


The design event is designed to assess the engineering effort put into the vehicle design and its ability to meet the intent of the car's target market. The car that is judged to best meet the laid out design goals and the demonstrates understanding of their design will win. This includes the submission of an 8 page design report and vehicle drawings that help illustrate the teams design

Points Awarded:

150 Points

Engine & Drivetrain



Brake System



Wheels & Tires



Suspension & Shocks $2,134


Sales Presentation

Each team must give a live 10 minutes presentation to a panel of judges (Similar in concept to Dragon's Den/Shark Tank). A comprehensive business case must be presented in order to convince the panel that the teams car best meets the needs of the target market. This includes justifying the profitability and marketability of the team's product as a suitable investment.

Points Awarded:

75 Points

Technical Inspection

No points are awarded for the technical inspection. All participating teams vehicles must pass tech in order to participate in any of the Dynamic Events. This inspection determines that the prototype vehicle meets the competition rules and requirements these rules in order to ensure the safety of all participants during the dynamic events.

Points Awarded:




The Acceleration even evaluates the car's ability to accelerate in a straight line. A 75 meter long straight track is used. The vehicle starts at a standstill and the time it takes to travel the 75 meter long track is timed. The team who's car has the lowest time will win this event.

Points Awarded:

75 Points


The Skid-Pad measures the cornering ability of each vehicle on a flat surface in a constant radius turn. The driver must drive the car around twice around a set of concentric circles, one will be driven in a clockwise direction, the other counter-clockwise. The second lap around each circle is timed and the team with the lowest calculated average time will win the event.

Points Awarded:

50 Points


The Autocross event tests each car's ability to maneuver and handle on a tight course. Autocross is a point to point time trial race on a course that is just under a kilometer in length.  Each car proceeds through the course reaching average speeds of between 40 and 50 km/h. The team with the lowest time wins.

Points Awarded:

150 Points


The Endurance heat is a 22 km closed course event designed to evaluate the overall performance and durability of each teams vehicle. Multiple vehicles are on the track at any given time and can average speeds of around 55 km/hr and can reach speeds as high as 110 km/hr. Teams that complete the heat are awarded points relative to time. Vehicle fuel efficiency is also measured.

Points Awarded:

300 for the Race

100 for Fuel Efficiency