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 aero packages, double-wishbone suspension configurations, and limited-slip differentials.
The CP19C, our combustion vehicle endearingly called “Gracie,” was built with attention to a low center of gravity, leading to a 400lb vehicle and side mounted shocks. Emphasizing data-driven design and advanced engine control, the CP19C features a M150 engine control unit and 16 unique sensors for full vehicle validation.
The CP19E, or “Gigi”, our electric vehicle, demonstrates a major improvement in build quality from the previous year, along with a switch to 10” tires and significant changes to suspension and aero architectures. Particular emphasis was placed on system interfacing and diagnostics for the electrical system, leading to complete custom designs of both hardware and software for the vehicle control unit, battery management system, and dashboard.
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: