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West Virginia University Mountaineer Racing designs and builds highly competitive Formula SAE® race cars while preparing the next generation of transformative engineers and business leaders for the automotive industry and related fields.

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Mark Ziegler, Cecilia Girolami and Justin Kachel push car 87 driven by Jared Churbuck out of the fueling area during the 2017 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition.

Mark Ziegler, Cecilia Girolami and Justin Kachel push car 87 driven by Jared Churbuck out of the fueling area during the 2017 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition.

About Formula SAE®
The Formula SAE® competition sponsored by SAE International® challenges students from across the globe to design and fabricate Formula-style race cars for the non-professional weekend autocross racing enthusiast and compete in international collegiate racing competitions to determine the best overall design, performance, cost, fuel efficiency, and production feasibility. Formula SAE® promotes careers and excellence in engineering as it encompasses all aspects of the automotive industry including research, design, manufacturing, testing, marketing, management and finance. Competition events include:
Static Events
  • Engineering Design
  • Cost and Manufacturing
  • Business Case Presentation
Dynamic Events
  • Acceleration
  • Skid-Pad
  • Autocross
  • Fuel Efficiency
  • Endurance Race
Undergraduate students in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering can receive credit for their Capstone Engineering Design Course and up to 6 hours of technical elective credit toward their degree beginning in their sophomore year. Students majoring in other Engineering disciplines may also receive technical elective course credit for participating in Formula SAE® (subject to departmental approval). 

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Volunteers Welcome
Mountaineer Racing recruits team member from across the WVU campus.  Formula SAE® is a multi-disciplinary project involving engineering, project management, business, finance, marketing, publicity and outreach. Students from all majors are welcome.

Why join Mountaineer Racing?
Formula SAE® students are hotly recruited by companies in a broad range of industries. Hiring managers look for hands-on experience. They want people who can think on their feet, think creatively, know how to manage, know how to manage their time. Working on the Mountaineer Racing Team will help you build these skills.  If you can put Formula SAE® on your resume, it will go to the top of the pile. 
Ian Smithson and Logan Horn admire car 87's new bodywork manufactured with the generous support of Aurora Flight Science of Bridgeport WV.

Ian Smithson and Logan Horn admire car 87's new bodywork manufactured with the generous support of Aurora Flight Science of Bridgeport WV.

Grayson Kemmerling, Nathan Lewis and Kyle Robertson answer the judge's questions during the Manufacturing Cost Event.

Grayson Kemmerling, Nathan Lewis and Kyle Robertson answer the judge's questions during the Manufacturing Cost Event.

Logan Horn prepares for the 5-second Driver Egress to qualify as a competition driver.

Logan Horn prepares for the 5-second Driver Egress to qualify as a competition driver.

Skyler Comstock and Logan Horn work to repair a suspension failure at the 2017 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition.

Skyler Comstock and Logan Horn work to repair a suspension failure at the 2017 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition.

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Mark Ziegler reviews race data with Rooster Hall Racing Driver Johan Schwartz.

Mark Ziegler Will Join Roush Fenway Racing

Upon graduation in December, Mark Ziegler, a mechanical and aerospace engineering major from Glen Allen, Virginia, will officially join the team at Roush Fenway Racing in January 2019, working as an aerodynamics design engineer, working mostly with RFR’s NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series cars.



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Rooster Hall Racing's WVU Sponsored BMW M235iR Pirelli World Challenge Race Car

Rooster Hall Racing & West Virginia University

West Virginia University & Rooster Hall Racing Create Learning Facet To the PWC Touring Car Team’s BMW Road Racing Effort. Rooster Hall Racing team owners Todd and Michelle Brown had a great idea this past winter to include college students with their Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car road racing effort in 2018. 



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Cameron Sutton and Zack Layhew talk to the judge during technical inspection at the 2014 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition.

Recruiting Students for the 2019 Team. Courses Available.

We are currently recruiting team members for the 2018-2019 academic year. Interested students can sign up for MAE 271 and MAE 371 technical elective courses or the MAE 471 senior capstone course earning credit toward their degree.  Contact Dr. Scott Wayne to learn more about these courses. As always, volunteers from all majors are welcome! Join our team and Race to the Top!

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Manufacturing Cost Event at the 2014 Formula SAE® Michigan Competition

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The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering is proud to offer students the opportunity to participate in hands-on, experiential learning opportunities through engineering competitions like Formula SAE®. Mountaineer Racing relies heavily on the generous support of alumni and donors to infrastructure improvement, fabrication and travel expenses. Please Donate.

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2018 Suspension Team Lead Evan Cole talks about his experience with the WVU Mountaineer Racing Formula SAE Team.

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WVU and PITT FSAE Teams in the Winner Circle at Michigan International Speedway

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