The Missouri S&T Formula SAE program is one of an international group of teams which compete each year in competitions sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. The purpose of the competition is to design and build a prototype vehicle aimed at the weekend autocrosser.
The car, weighing approximately 430 pounds, is built with a custom designed tubular chassis, made completely by students at Missouri S&T; only a few of the very complex machining operations on other parts of the car are contracted out. The 600cc four-cylinder Yamaha engine puts out nearly 100 horsepower, breathing through a restrictor the size of a dime.
The team, consisting of more than 30 Missouri S&T students, has put hundreds of hours into the car. Dedication and time management skills are successful to be a successful FSAE team member, as well as having a strong desire to learn. Opposed to what many would think, the biggest challenge for the average team member is not scoring the fastest time on race day, but rather balancing their school and team commitments.