Formula SAE is an annual competition for undergraduates and graduates to design and construct a single-seat race car for an autocross race hosted every year. The competition is based on each car's overall package of design, construction, performance, and cost. 17E is Carnegie Mellon's fourth fully electric car.

As the team designer, I designed the exterior body, working in conjunction with electrical & mechanic engineers. I also led team branding, website design, and designed a build document that details each system of the car. 

Carnegie Mellon's 3rd Electric Race Car - 17E

 

RENDERINGS

In addition to being a confluence of aerodynamics, housing of internals, and protection of the driver, the body also functions as a significant, subliminal aesthetic component that wholly sways a viewer's perception of the car. Elements of the car's body include the overall physical form, surface features, color, and livery, all of which must fall within the constraints implemented by the FSAE rule book.

 

DESIGN PROCESS

Body styling is done through form studies with a scale 3D printed chassis and chavante modeling clay

 

ABOUT THE CAR

Shown below is an infographic detailing each system in the car. This design is a collaboration with designer Amber Lee

 

FABRICATION