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BRINGING THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENGINEERS AND LEADERS TOGETHER.

 

Penn Electric Racing is the University of Pennsylvania's Formula SAE Electric Team. Each year, we build award-winning electric racecars on a mission to prove that electric vehicles are the future of transportation.

 
 

OUR MISSION IS SIMPLE.

Penn Electric Racing aims to educate students and give them practical experience working on a large-scale engineering project. Our club is open to students of all levels and backgrounds and exists as a microcosm of a large, diverse organization. 

By promoting a focus on the most current clean vehicle technologies and by allowing students to gain real-world professional experience in their area of interest, we give Penn students a competitive advantage when entering the workplace. 

 
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ABOUT US: BY THE NUMBERS

 

106 students. 48 sponsors. 1 team. 

 

4 years. 3 cars. 14 trophies.

 

3.807s 0-75m, an American record.

 

100,000+ hours spent learning.

 

8% of Penn Engineering undergraduates.

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About formula SAE

Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) is a series of international competitions in which university teams compete to design and manufacture the best performing racecars. 

"The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules whose purpose is both to ensure onsite event operations and promote clever problem solving."  -SAE International
 

THE EVENTs

Formula SAE competitions consist of 8 events: 5 dynamic events, and 3 static events.

ACCELERATION

Measures car's acceleration over a 75m straight track.

AUTOCROSS

Measures car's maneuverability and handling over a tight course with a series of straights and turns.

ENDURANCE

Measures car's durability and reliability over a 22km race with 15 laps around a track.

EFFICIENCY

Measures car's energy efficiency by monitoring energy use during the Endurance event.

 

SKID-PAD

Measures car's cornering ability over a constant-radius turn over a figure-8 track.

 

DESIGN

Evaluate the team's adherence to good design practices during the conception, iteration, integration, and validation of every subsystem on the vehicle.

SALES PRESENTATION

Assesses the team's ability to compile a business case arguing that their car best serves the needs of the amateur racing market.

 

COST REPORT

Assesses the team's ability to factor cost of production into the design of the car and solve production issues on the fly.

 

DESIGNING THE FUTURE,

SINCE THE PAST.

 

We may have joined FSAE EV only 4 years ago, but motorsports have a long legacy at Penn.

OUR LEGACY:

 

REV3

2016-2017

 
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REV1

2014-2015

 
 

OPUS

2011-2013

Converted Honda Ruckus to electric.

Cells: 18650 Li-ion | Peak Power: 8.5 hp
Top Speed: 50 mph | Pack Voltage: 72 V
Peak Current: 100 A | Capacity: 2.7 kWh
Weight: 240 lbs | Range: 60 miles

 
 

SOLAR CARS

1989-2006

The 1997 Independence, pictured here.

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REV2

2015-2016

 
 

REV0

2013-2014

 
 

RENE-GADE

2006-2011

NHRA Dragster

Cells: Deep-cycle Lead Acid | Peak Power: 250 hp
Peak Torque: 500 lb-ft | Top Speed: 100 mph
Pack Voltage: 276 V | Peak Current: 1000 A
Weight: 3000 lbs