Formula SAE

What is FSAE?

The Formula Society of Automotive Engineering (Formula SAE or FSAE for short) is a collegiate design competition organized by SAE International. This design series is geared toward university-level automotive engineering projects, including an electric division, FSAE Electric.

FSAE Electric is a weekend-long design competition for university teams to compete their student-crafted electric race cars with each other. At the FSAE Electric competition, race cars are judged on their rules compliance, student design, business sales presentation, and on-track performance.

How is Formula Slug involved?

Formula Slug entered FSAE Electric in the Fall of 2015, producing our first electric vehicle, FS-0. Due to late error review, we were unable to compete with FS-0 and dedicated the car to research and learning projects thereafter. 

We are currently designing for the 2019 FSAE Electric with FS-1 on a two-year design cycle.


Drive type: Independent rear-wheel drive, master-slave configuration over CAN bus
Motor controller: Sevcon Size 4 Gen 4
Motors: 2 ZF75-5 IPM motors from Zero Motorcycles : 78 ft-lb (106 Nm), 46 hp (34 kW)

Cost: $34,000 for parts and fabrication, both in-kind and by purchasing
Build timeline: 1.5 years, October 2015 - January 2017
Competition: FSAE Electric in Lincoln, Nebraska (this car is a test bed)

Range: Target of 13.7 miles (22 km) on flat ground
Top speed: 45 mph, up to 90 mph

Battery technology: A123 AMP20 flat pouch cells, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4)
Battery capacity: 6 kWh, 90 cells @ 3.3 V, 20 Ah, 3p30s configuration
Battery Management System: Elithion Lithiumate HD
ECU: Teensy 3.2 Microcontroller


If you would like to learn more about Formula Slug, please attend one of our General Meetings. Find a leader and don't be shy! We welcome all students, fans, and supporters.