About Formula

Iowa State University’s SAE International Formula Team designs, builds, tests, and races a formula style race car each year to compete with approximately 450 teams from all around the world at several Formula SAE Series events. Most aspects of being a professional racing team are evaluated and judged, and the team operates largely from private sponsorship with support from Iowa State University. Teams must demonstrate a top-performing racing machine on the track, and also demonstrate their working knowledge in engineering and marketing through a series of presentation events.

If you are wondering why we do this, the answer is simple. We have fun! As future professionals we appreciate taking the extra effort to gain real-world experience and learn about new, cutting-edge technologies that deal with the design, manufacturing, and testing of a race car. We usually find ourselves spending more time on the car than in the classroom. The experiences and friends gained through such a team are invaluable to our futures. The only requirement for members is that they be students; all majors are welcome!

Competition Details

The Formula SAE competitions see colleges and universities from around the world put their designs and hard work to the test. Various different static and dynamic events contribute to a team’s score. Static events showcase a team’s business and marketing strategy, while the dynamic events put the actual vehicle to the test in a track setting. For more information on the design series, visit the SAE website.

2022 – 2023 Formula Sponsors

Platinum Level Sponsors:

  • Magna
  • Danfoss
  • Master Tool and Mfg.
  • Sekisui Aerospace
  • Donaldson
  • Gene Haas Foundation
  • APRS World

Gold Level Sponsors:

  • Almaco
  • Altec (Osceola, IA)
  • Caterpillar
  • Click Bond
  • Engineering Student Council
  • Geater Machining & Mfg.
  • Iowa State University College of Engineering
  • M3
  • Midwest Metal Products
  • Midwest Prototyping
  • SKF
  • State Steel
  • Vermeer
  • VI-Grade
  • Honeywell NSC

Silver Level Sponsors:

  • Ag Leader
  • Altec (St. Joseph, MO)
  • American Waterjet Cutting
  • Creative Werks
  • Country Landscapes
  • De Jong Manufacturing
  • De Witts Radiator
  • EP2
  • George White Chevrolet
  • Harris Auto Racing
  • HNI
  • POET
  • Rev Tech
  • Sears Seating
  • Vibrant Performance
  • Jacobs Motorsports

Bronze Level Sponsors:

  • Ames Ford Lincoln
  • Calspan
  • Campus Garage
  • Composite Envisions
  • Country Plastics
  • Cox Design & Metal Fab
  • C&J Bonzer
  • Craig & Wendy Bonzer
  • Deatschwerks
  • Derek Peters
  • D.W. Clark
  • Earth X
  • Fastenal
  • FibreGlast
  • Genesis Systems Group, LLC
  • Grounded Presence
  • Hagie
  • Hawkeye Steel
  • IPG Photonics
  • TJ Forged.
  • Krass Racing
  • Pella
  • Peter Chiodo
  • RFA Engineering
  • Standard Bearings
  • Skunk River Restorations
  • Van Sant Enterprises’ Trick Tools
  • Gentle Doctor Animal Hospitals

To become a sponsor for the Formula team, visit our sponsorship page.

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