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Cal Poly Racing

Cal Poly Racing is the largest student chapter of  the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International in California. More than125 students from various majors contribute to designing, manufacturing and testing three innovative racing vehicles. Months of hard work culminate at SAE’s Collegiate Design Series (CDS) competitions at the end of the school year. The competitions give students an understanding of industry standards while challenging them to apply skills and concepts learned in the classroom. Cal Poly Racing is the only California team to field vehicles in all of the major CDS competitions including Formula SAE, Formula SAE Electric and Baja SAE. The teams spend approximately six months designing and manufacturing the vehicles to prepare for testing and competition in the spring and summer.

This summer, the Formula SAE team competed in Lincoln, Neb., and took third in the design challenge for their combustion vehicle. Both the combustion and electric vehicles placed 13th overall. The Baja SAE competed in Oregon and placed third in maneuverability and fifth place overall. 

This year’s Baja team is aiming to make their vehicle’s weight 15 pounds lighter, move the vehicle’s weight distribution into the 44-46 percent forward range and establish a testing standard for every critical part. The team added a  crew chief to oversee driver training, freshmen retention and competition preparedness. The Formula team is hoping to place in the top three of the upcoming competition in the combustion and electric categories.

Jessalyn Bernick

Jessalyn Bernick

Baja Technical Lead
Sixth Year, Mechanical Engineering

“Our leads have been working hard this year on testing and validation. This is the most thoughtfully designed car our Baja team has yet to produce, and it will pay off both in vehicle performance and in the design competition.”

Upcoming Competitions

Baja SAE
Gorman, California
May 16, 2019

Baja SAE
New York City
June 6, 2019

Formula SAE Electric
Lincoln, Nebraska
June 19-22, 2019

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