About Formula

Cyclone Racing’s 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

2018 – 2019 Formula Sponsors 

Platinum Level Sponsors:

  • Master Tool and Mfg. 
  • Midwest Metal Products
  • Midwest Prototyping LLC

Gold Level Sponsors:

  • State Steel 
  • Technical Services Inc. 
  • Novelty Machine & Supply 

Silver Level Sponsors:

  • Altec Inc. 
  • American Waterjet
  • BorgWarner
  • Fisher Controls
  • Hot Cams
  • Jacobs Corporation 
  • Hagie Manufacturing
  • POET
  • Midwest 3D Solutions
  • Koolma

Bronze Level Sponsors:

  • Aurora Bearing 
  • Axial Industries
  • Calspan
  • Composites One
  • Cox Design & Metal Fab
  • Deatschwerks
  • Textreme
  • Valley Machining Company
  • Dewitts Radiator
  • Harris Auto Racing
  • Performance Bodies
  • Sears Seating
  • Wiseco
  • Performance Connection Plus
  • Airtech International 

To become a sponsor for the Aero Design team, visit our sponsorship page

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