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Lawrence Tech and Formula SAE

Originally founded by SAE International in 1979 as Mini Indy, LTU has competed for more than 20 years.

An event once hosted on LTU’s campus has grown to include hundreds of colleges and universities. More than a dozen annual competitions are held in seven different countries. The best attended and most coveted event is the competition held at Michigan International Speedway each May.

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  • testing the Formula SAE car


  • testing the Formula SAE car


Students are challenged to:

Conceive, design, engineer, fabricate, and race a small high-performance Formula-style race car intended for the non-professional weekend autocross racer.

Assume that a manufacturing company has contracted their design team to develop the vehicle, which should cost less than $25,000 to produce.

LTU students validate their hard work by putting their car through performance tests in a real racing environment at the Michigan International Speedway.

Compete against 120 teams from across the globe.

Undergo trials in acceleration, skidpad, autocross, fuel economy, and endurance.

Test their problem-solving, innovative thinking, and teamwork in their presentation and engineering design.

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