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 2017 season, our Formula SAE vehicles continued our recent tradition of competition success, and we aim to build upon that success as we move into our third 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

Weekly Meetings

Tuesday 11 am in 8-123 


  • Aero

  • Aero Structures

  • Brakes

  • C-Electronics

  • Chassis (Structures)

  • Chassis (Analysis)

  • Composites

  • Driver Controls

  • Drivetrain

  • Drivetrain (components)

  • E-Electronics

  • E-Structures

  • Engine

  • Manufacturing

  • Inboard Suspension

  • Outboard Suspension

  • Testing


Competition Results

13th of 72 teams
FSAE Lincoln 2018
3rd | Design

20th of 120 teams
FSAE Michigan 2016
1st | Fuel Efficiency
6th | Endurance

8th of 30 teams  
FSAE Electric 2016

9th of 30 teams
FSAE Lincoln 2017

9th of 29 teams
FSAE Electric 2017


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 CP18C, endearingly called “Frankie,” 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. Emphasizing data-driven design, the CP18C features twice as many sensors as the 2017 cars in a custom, CAN-based data acquisition system with live telemetry.

The CP18E, fondly called “Fannie,” remains mechanically similar to the previous year’s CP17E while significant changes were made to electronics, electrical system packaging, and driver controls to improve serviceability and reliability. The car’s range is maximized with regenerative braking, and its custom-programmed control unit and data acquisition system enables features a highly modular telemetry system.

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