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SAE International to add electric vehicle class to Formula SAE

SAE International will add an electric vehicle class named “Formula SAE Electric” to FSAE in 2013. The electric class will be introduced at Formula SAE Lincoln in June 2013.

Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by SAE International. The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving.

SAE said it is working with the organizers of the electric Formula classes at Formula SAE Australasia, Formula SAE Italy, Formula Student (UK) and Formula Student Germany to develop a single uniform set of technical rules. The goal is to have one set of electric technical rules that will allow the same vehicle to pass tech and run at any of the Formula SAE/Formula Student competitions with an Electric class. At this time the electric rules addenda at those competitions are reasonably consistent, although there are some differences.

SAE anticipates releasing a preliminary draft of the 2013 FSAE Electric Rules in the spring of 2012. The registration fee, registration procedures and registration opening time for the electric class will be the same as Formula SAE.

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