Anteater Formula Racing

Anteater Formula Racing builds an open-wheel, internal-combustion race car inspired by Formula 1 and IndyCar racing to compete at Formula SAE California. Forty-five engineering students participate in the design, manufacturing and testing phases to gain the engineering skills needed for industry in a highly-technical, fast-paced and competitive environment. The team collectively spends over 10,000 man-hours each year developing the car and its subsystems alongside engineering coursework.

Engineering students earn jobs in several industries, including automotive, aerospace, electrical, software and more, because of the hands-on training, communication and management skills, and design-to-reality experience that is gained directly from competing in Formula SAE. It is considered by industry experts to be an essential part of any new engineer’s resume.

Anteater Formula Racing Subteams

Aerodynamics: Using experience in fluid mechanics, the Aero subteam designs the front and rear wings, bodywork, and diffuser to manipulate air flow to reduce drag and increase downforce. The subteam tests their designs by developing computer flow simulations, wind tunnel testing, and on-track testing.

Chassis: Designs the single, rigid structure that mounts all other subsystems using computer-aided design software. This subteam balances the requirements of every system in a condensed, weight-minimizing package that protects the driver.

Suspension: Connects the chassis to the road using shocks, dampers, control arms and more. The suspension subteam constantly tunes to create the handling characteristics that help the driver achieve faster run times.

Engine Development: The Engine Development Subteam adapts a standard motorcycle engine for a FSAE car by designing and manufacturing intake, exhaust and cooling components. It uses knowledge in thermodynamics and engine tuning software to create custom engine tunes that improve reliability, power and efficiency.

Electronics: Designs the wiring harness that connects all onboard data systems, including engine management information, and displays it on a MoTeC digital display. It also collects data from dozens of onboard sensors for future analysis.

Human Interface: Makes sure that all drivers are comfortable and safe in the car, allowing them to get the most out of the performance of the vehicle.

Brakes: Stops the car as quickly as possible. This subteam includes the reservoirs, master cylinders, calipers, and rotors, which are designed using computer-aided engineering software.

About Anteater Formula Racing’s International Competition: 

Formula SAE California 2020 is a SAE Collegiate Design Series event that will feature student teams representing 75 universities across the world. FSAE competitions are overseen by a dedicated group of industry professionals and involve technical and safety inspections to ensure rules compliance for each system, presentations for teams to discuss their designs with industry professionals, and dynamic events in which students race their cars for direct comparison in several performance categories: Acceleration, Skid Pad, Autocross, Endurance, and Efficiency. Each presentation and event scores points for the overall competition. Anteater Racing’s best overall finish in a FSAE competition is 19th at Formula SAE Lincoln (Nebraska).