Team Formula is the more advanced Terps Racing team. Consisting of upper level undergraduates from both engineering and across campus, the team builds and races a formula car each year at SAE Collegiate Design Series Formula Student Competition.
Team Formula is a student-led team based in and out of class to design, construct, test, and race a formula race car in national FSAE events. The very successful team is highly-ranked among the competition. The team is made up of six subteams:
Powertrain: Designs the engine and drivetrain of the car, tests the car on the Dynamometer.
Vehicle Dynamics: Leads suspension and steering design, runs simulations and testing using software programs such as Matlab and Lotus Shark, and tests suspension kinematics and compliance.
Aerodynamics: Applies principles of low speed, high-downforce aerodynamics as well as vehicle dynamics to design, analyze, and test a well integrated aerodynamic package into the Terps Racing FSAE vehicle.
Mechanical Design: Designs the structural members of the car and integrates the other subsystems into the car's body.
Composites: Build lightweight composite parts that will go on the Formula car. This includes body panels, under-tray, front and rear wings, and many other parts.
Electronics: Deliver power to various electrical components on the vehicle, and connect all of the sensing equipment on the vehicle to the ECU (Engine Control Unit) and Dash.