We are the Formula Electric student design team at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla, Missouri. We design, build and race a scale formula-style race car each year in the Formula SAE Electric racing series.
In 2012, SAE International announced an addition to their Formula SAE and Formula Hybrid Competition series: Formula SAE Electric. In the competition, student design teams are tasked with developing a small formula-style race car for a fictional manufacturing company to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. Entries must utilize a fully-electric powertrain with a maximum power output of 80 kW.
The 2014-2015 school year yielded a vehicle nicknamed “Duchess”. Countless hours of labor went into the design and fabrication of both of the mechanical and electrical systems of the car. After the completion of the car, the team traveled to Lincoln, Nebraska to compete in the Formula SAE competition. The team and the car received fifth place overall!
In 2015-2016, the experience from the previous year led the team to design a much more robust vehicle, both electrically and mechanically. Once again, the team traveled to Lincoln to compete in the Formula SAE competition. This year, the car passed all of the grueling technical inspections and yielded fifth place again to a much larger field of competition!