Spartan Racing Formula SAE 2020
Spartan Racing is the student chapter of SAE International at San Jose State University. We are embarking on our 13th consecutive year of participation in SAE’s collegiate engineering design and racing series, Formula SAE. Since the inception of the team, we have grown significantly in size as well as obtained valuable knowledge over the years.
Although we could not gather in-person for the previous two competitions during the summer of 2020, SAE International took the event virtual, allowing our team to participate in all three static events. Spartan Racing was 1 of 12 teams who took 1st for the business presentation event where we were given the challenging scenario of finding the best path forward for a racing company “Spartan Racing” who had to make a drastic cut of 90% to their R&D budget for the upcoming year. We also did very well in our cost and design events.
At the beginning of COVID-19, our team transitioned to a fully-online team; we used Slack and google drive to communicate and zoom to continue holding our weekly meetings and seminars for our members. With the help of our advisor and engineering department, we were able to get some access to on-campus resources, allowing us to continue building our car. All SAE International teams that registered for last season will be able to use the car they originally intended to go to competition with since the majority of universities had to close at the beginning of this year. Therefore, we are all in on manufacturing and continuing progress for the current season and upcoming competitions! With strict social distancing and covid-19 safety guidelines in place, we are about 2 months away from having our car on the ground! This means we will need to secure the last of our funding for critical parts, sensors, driver gear, testing day funding, and support to attend the competitions in-person next semester per SAE International’s plan for the static portion of the competitions pending conditions.