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. Talk with one our active members and don't be shy! We welcome all students, fans, and supporters.