What is Terps Racing?

  • Posted on: 13 April 2017
  • By: Formula

Terps Racing is an organization of about 100 students that design, build, test, and race a formula-style and baja-style racecar in collegiate design competitions each year. Terps Racing is composed of two teams: Formula SAE and Baja SAE. 

Formula SAE is an intercollegiate competition that challenges students to design, build, and race a formula style race car. Baja SAE has a similar competition structure to formula, but the goal is to design, build, and race an off-road vehicle that will survive the severe punishment of rough terrain.  During competition, industry professionals scrutinize every facet of the car’s design—from marketability and cost to performance and engineering. Students are engaged through hands-on experience, team-building, collaboration, and much more.

The formula car is put to the test through a series of dynamic challenges: acceleration, skidpad, autocross, and endurance. The baja car faces suspension, maneuverability, towing, and endurance challenges. To win, the car must be the best—both on and off the track. At Maryland, Terps Racing is one of the most popular and competitive student projects in both the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the A. James Clark School of Engineering.
Through the design, build, and testing process, students gain experience in computer aided design (CAD) modeling, finite element analysis (FEA), computational fluid dynamics (CFD), design analysis and testing, and leadership skills. Students also have the opportunity to develop fabrication, project management, and teamwork skills.