Clemson Formula SAE competes on an international level through competitions hosted by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE). Each year we design and build a new vehicle from the ground up that meets the competition rules and pushes for innovation. The summer and fall is spent designing the new vehicle. Our design process includes producing a full CAD model, testing and validating through numerous methods, along with partaking in design reviews featuring faculty and industry members. Toward the end of the fall we transition into the build phase that will continue through mid-spring. The vast majority of our vehicle is produced in-house through various machining and assembly processes. For some of our more complex machining, drawings and manufacturing files are generated to be sent out for production. The end of the spring semester is spent testing and fine tuning the vehicle in order to prepare for the main SAE competitions that take place early and mid-summer.
Our team can be broken down into seven divisions that interact in a fluid and collaborative manner to create the bigger picture. You can read more about each of these divisions and the impact they have on the team as a whole below.
Formula SAE is about a much larger picture than just engineering. Being a part of the business division provides an unparalleled collegiate experience in all aspects of running a small business. The divisional members spend a considerable amount of time recruiting as well as maintaining sponsor relationships. Our organization is not possible without our sponsors, making sponsorship relations possibly the most important aspect of the team. The business division gains real world business experience through management of the team's finances and yearly budget. Students also gain experience in organizing events such as fundraisers and team social events. Marketing is becoming ever more omnipotent in our society and our business team works hard to embrace it through graphic design and social media. Members develop their speaking skills through many presentations to alumni, investors, and judges. In addition, a major portion of the Formula SAE competitions includes a presentation marketing the vehicle to a weekend autocross client.
Click the engineering divisions on the diagram above for more information.