Cal Poly Racing is the largest student chapter of SAE International in California. Over 125 members contribute to designing, manufacturing, and testing three innovative racing vehicles.

Months of hard work culminate at SAE’s Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions. These international competitions challenge us to apply our skills outside of the classroom as part of a project that closely imitates industry practices.

Cal Poly Racing is the only California team to field vehicles in all three of the major CDS competitions: Formula SAE, Formula SAE Electric, and Baja SAE.




We take the Cal Poly Motto of "Learn By Doing" to heart as our team members learn skills that go beyond the classroom. You get to do real projects and gain real work experience. 


Not a Problem! We will teach you everything you need to know. We also have a business team that works on design and marketing projects. 




Building prototype vehicles at an internationally competitive level requires significant resources; corporations, small businesses, and individuals can all make meaningful contributions to our efforts.


Depending on the level of investment, you have access to promotion on our social media and newsletter, company branding displayed on the vehicle, website and apparel, and more. 


Formula SAE

Baja SAE

Business Team

I come from a non-engineering, non-automotive family and growing up I was the only one who talked about the newest generation GTI at the dinner table. I was the only one at my school who could tell an alternator from a turbocharger, and entered the local car scene the day I got my driver’s license.

When I was choosing colleges, I knew I wanted to do automotive engineering. I did a little research, and found Cal Poly Racing, saw how hands-on it was, and made up my mind to come to Cal Poly and join the team. Upon joining the team, I quickly found a sense of solidarity that I had never previously experienced. Even as a freshman, I was given design and manufacturing tasks that I had never dreamed of being able to do. Seeing those parts on the car and competing at competition was an unreal experience for me.
— DONOVAN ZUSALIM, Formula Driver Controls Lead


SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. SAE International's core competencies are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development. SAE International's charitable arm is the SAE Foundation, which supports many programs, including A World In Motion® and the Collegiate Design Series.


The SAE Southern California Section is an outstanding resource for people involved in all aspects of the vehicle mobility industry in and around the Southern California, as far north as San Luis Obispo, except San Diego County.