Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton


The purpose of Formula SAE is to provide students an opportunity to design, fabricate, and then demonstrate the performance of a prototype race car. This project focused primarily on a major redesign of the previous WPI FSAE car. The areas addressed for improvement include the chassis, front suspension components and geometries, tuning the continuously variable transmission (CVT), the air intake, exhaust system, engine mounting, fuel tank, braking components, and the uprights for the front suspension. With weight reduction in numerous systems of at least ten percent, analytical design of all components, and increased drive compartment size, the final product is lighter, more efficient, and provides more room and comfort for the driver than its predecessor.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2012


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering