Our Formula SAE vehicles share a majority of components, including steering and braking systems, along with the mold used to manufacture two carbon fiber monocoque chassis, tailored to the requirements of both the combustion and electric vehicle platforms. Both cars have full aerodynamic packages, double-wishbone suspension configurations with an innovative Z-bar anti-roll bars, and lightweight Drexler limited-slip differentials.
The CP23C, our combustion vehicle endearingly named "Karlie" was built with a low center of gravity, leading to a 385Ib vehicle and top mounted shocks. Emphasizing on improving on last year's design philosophy, this year features a brand new Yamaha YZ450FX 450cc single-cylinder engine mounted to an electronically shifted 5 speed sequential transmission.
The CP23E or "Kiki", our electric vehicle, demonstrates a major improvement in build quality from previous years, along with a switch to new Tesla high density batteries for the 2023 season. Like our combustion vehicle, emphasis was placed on improving upon last year's package as much as possible. We continue with the philosophy of previous vehicles with a focus on building the lightest vehicle possible.
Weekly Meetings | Thursdays 11am in 192-106
Cal Poly Racing’s Formula SAE team is one of the few teams to simultaneously build both a combustion and electric vehicle on the same platform, utilizing engineering skills from a vast range of fields. Students are able to join subsystems which best utilize their knowledge and interests. Our Formula SAE team consists of 15 main subsystems.
“Cal Poly Racing has been one of the biggest highlights of my college experience so far. The exciting challenges, fun teamwork environment, and hands-on learning have helped me grow as an engineer as well as prepare me for working in industry.”
— KC Egger, 2019–20 Tech Director