We are the Carnegie Mellon University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers. We bring together the brightest engineers at Carnegie Mellon University to design and build a fully electric Formula 1 style race car to compete with university Formula SAE teams around the world.

Our CMR Mission

Our mission is to provide undergraduates with opportunities for technical and management experience on a large engineering project.  We strive to transform students into effective engineers, leaders, and problem solvers.  Our team is accessible to all students of different experience levels, backgrounds, and areas of study.


As an organization, we aim to be at the forefront of electric vehicle race technology. We give students experience directly applicable to their careers beyond college.  We provide a space for shared interests in automotive engineering.



Carnegie Mellon Racing is made of over 50 members representing every college at Carnegie Mellon.

The team is divided into 5 departments:  Structures, Energetics, Finance, Outreach, and R&D.  It takes interdisciplinary collaboration between these departments to design, manufacture, and compete with our race car.


about the competition

Formula SAE is a series of international collegiate competitions organized and run by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Student teams must engineer and build a prototype race vehicle to showcase its performance and design to technical experts in order to win a fictional contract.

Static Events

Design Presentation

Present the details and the rationale behind each of the design decisions made to engineer the vehicle

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Cost Presentation

Document the manufacturing process and present an accurate projection of the unit cost of manufacturing 1000 cars per year

Business Case

Present the team's business plan to a group of 'investors', and prove that the product meets the needs of the amateur racing market

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Dynamic Events


Evaluate the vehicle's durability and reliability by finishing a 22 kilometer race


Measure the car's consumed energy during the endurance race to determine the efficiency of the vehicle

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Accelerate over a fixed distance to test the vehicle's ability to cover ground in a short time from rest


Maneuver through a tight Figure 8 course to test the handling ability of the vehicle in a constant radius turn


Race around a course with short straights, sharp turns, and tight slaloms to test maneuverability and all-around vehicle performance

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Thank You to our Sponsors

A special thank you to our sponsors who make our dream of competing and growing within Formula SAE a reality.  Our work every year is only possible due to the generous donations and advice we receive from our sponsors.  We thank you for our successes and we hope you will continue to sponsor Carnegie Mellon Racing.

Another special thank you to SAE International and all the volunteers who help run and judge Formula SAE competitions.  Many of our CMR students and alumni attribute their skills and careers to their Formula SAE Experience.