Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

  • H-022 "The Cage" and B-annex B-02
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)
  • Constitution

The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) is a global association of engineers and experts in the aeropspace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries. Concordia SAE is a student-run chapter of SAE International. We design, manufacture and test vehicles to race in international competitions that draw more than 4,500 students from 500 universities worldwide every year. It’s the perfect opportunity to apply engineering theory to the real world!

SAE is comprised of 5 competition teams:
Formula Combustion: The competition is very similar to the International Formula 1 competitions. It is comprised of 5 dynamic events: Acceleration, Skid Pad, Auto-cross, Efficiency, and Endurance, as well as a design presentation during which the team explains their design process and decisions. Encompassing all aspects of the trade, teams design, manufacture, test and market the car, keeping costs at a minimum.

Formula Electric: The competition invites students to design and construct a single-seat race car that is put through its paces in a similar way to the Combustion Formula, with the additional challenge of a complex electrical system. The team is judged on design and marketability as well as dynamic events.

Baja: One of SAE International's most extreme competitions, it challenges students to design an off-road racing vehicle capable of enduring severe punishment on rough terrains.

Aero Design: The competition challenges teams to design and build radio-controlled aircrafts: a passenger plane that carries both high-density cargo and dozens of low-density tennis balls, and a tightly packed heavy lift plane. Power is regulated and teams need to develop strong yet lightweight and efficient airplanes.

Supermileage: Promoting green technologies and raising awareness on the importance of sustainability, students must design and develop a fuel-efficient, single-person vehicle to complete timed laps around a banked, oval track.
Teams must tune single-cylinder, 148 CC engines provided to maximize power output and minimize fuel consumption. Reducing its weight requires smart design and precise material selection.