Formula SAE.

Formula Student @ CU Boulder

Formula SAE (FSAE) is a student design competition endorsed by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Each year, students are challenged to design, build, and race a new race car while following a strict set of rules, encouraging students to create unique and innovative designs. There are over 400 University teams from 52 countries that come together in events around the world to prove that they have what it takes to produce a winning car.

Founded in 1981, Formula SAE has become the most prestigious collegiate engineering design event. FSAE encourages students to apply their in-class education by designing a single seater race car, and marketing it as a potential product. The design must adhere to strict regulations set by SAE. The race car must be cost efficient, compete in a variety of dynamic events, and be presented to a board of judges. FSAE promotes learning, problem solving, hands-on experience, excellence, and provides with career opportunities. Racing has great significance to our members. It develops their engineering, social and professional skills.

Each summer, the CU Boulder Racing Team travels to Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California along with 75 other teams from around the world to compete in both dynamic and static events. Dynamic events give the teams a chance to prove their car mechanically while static events give scores for design, cost, and business model. Together, the dynamic and static scores are used to decide the winner. Once a car has competed, it is ineligible to compete again, meaning the process starts all over again. This gives students the opportunities to make iterations to their designs year after year.


CB1 is the first car built by the CU Boulder Racing Team’s Formula SAE division. Originally conceived in 2017, the car was supposed to compete at Formula SAE California in Fontana, California in the summer of 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19. After the event cancellation, CB1 was reborn as CB1.5, a continuation of the original project, to combat with potential vehicle problems. CB1.5 will compete at Formula SAE California in the summer of 2021.


CB2 is the contiuation of the CB1 platform. With design beginnning in the fall of 2020, CB2 will be competing in the summer of 2022.