Cal Poly Racing’s Formula SAE team is one of the only teams in the world to simultaneously build both a combustion and electric vehicle on the same platform. Taking advantage of the similar rules for the Formula SAE combustion and electric competitions, our team efficiently designs and manufactures two vehicles that share as many components as possible. This strategy allows us to make the most of our engineering talent and available resources. In the 2016 season, our Formula SAE vehicles saw more competition success than ever before, and we aim to build upon that success as we move into our second year of platformed design.

Before Cal Poly Racing, I had no idea how cars worked. It’s a miracle in itself that I ever joined, but when I first saw our formula car I knew that I wanted a piece of the action.
— KATIE THOMAS, Formula Composites Lead

current goals

We are currently in testing season and preparing for competition. We are excited to showcase the car and do well at competition.

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competition results

1st/120 teams | Fuel Efficiency
6th/120 teams | Endurance
20th/120 teams | Overall
8th/30 teams | Electric

9th/92 teams | Overall
9th/29 teams | Electric


Our Formula SAE vehicles share their chassis, suspension, steering, ergonomics, brakes and electronics systems. To maximize performance, they feature a carbon fiber front monocoque, CAN data acquisition modules, and an LCD dashboard display. Our combustion vehicle stands out due to its no-lift upshifts, while our electric car is unique because of its regenerative braking and custom programmed data acquisition system.

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Chassis is probably one of the most important subsystems, it holds the entire car together. I learned a lot about composites on my own and through formula and I’ve helped other teams with their composites because of the experience I have. AND I love getting people stoked on formula and carbon fiber/composites.
— GINA GHIGLIERI, Formula Chassis Lead
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, Formula Brakes Lead
My role wouldn’t be the same without my dedicated composites kiddos. They are hardworking, very smart, and also have GREAT music taste for our working nights. I’m incredibly proud of their accomplishments and look forward to seeing them lead the future Cal Poly Racing team!
— KATIE THOMAS, Formula Composites Lead