Faculty Advisor

Planchard, David Clifton


The purpose of the SAE Formula MQP is to develop a vehicle for entry in competitions. This MQP went beyond textbook theory by designing, building and testing the performance of a real vehicle utilizing interdisciplinary teams. Suspension, steering and drivetrain components are designed to be easily replaceable on-track. The engine was paired with a custom pneumatic shift transmission to allow an automatic shift mode to make fast, consistent shifts. An aerodynamic package is designed and integrated with sensors are strategically located on the aerodynamic, suspension and drivetrain components. A removable steering wheel integrated drivetrain feedback, vehicle controls, and a manual paddle shift mode to provide comfortable and intuitive driver controls.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering