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Let’s Go Clubbing: Hornet Racing

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Mission statement: “Hornet Racing is dedicated to developing professional engineering and business skills through the management of a competitive racing team.”


Hornet Racing is an engineering club at Sac State that designs and manufactures a formula style racecar each year for an intercollegiate competition held by the Society of Automotive Engineers. This competition, known as Formula SAE, provides university students the opportunity to integrate themselves into the engineering industry through developing and exercising their engineering, business, and organizational skills. Formula SAE entails all of the many facets found in a professional race team including designing, manufacturing, testing, and competing with the finalized car against other teams from around the world over the course of one year.

Team-Photo2Currently, there are eleven Formula SAE competitions in ten different countries, two of which are held in the United States. Hornet Racing annually attends the FSAE competition in Lincoln, Nebraska. This competition consists of a total of 80 teams, many of which are international and travel from Japan, Canada, and Brazil. In 2014, the team finished nineteenth overall and placed an astounding sixth in fuel economy. The finale of the competition is the endurance race. The endurance race measures the quality and reliability of each racecar.  In 2015, Hornet Racing was one of the nineteen teams to complete the endurance event, while more than 50 teams did not finish out of the initial 80 teams that started.

Hornet Racing’s goal is to provide its members with hands on experience and to gain a broader insight into the engineering profession that cannot be matched in the classroom environment. In support of this goal, the club arranges field trips to research and engineering establishments, hosts meetings with professional engineers, and participates in local SAE Section activities. These networks often generate internships and job opportunities.

tilt_tableHornet Racing also places a tremendous emphasis on giving back to the community. The team will attend many events which include Rally for Kids at the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Hornet Racing has also attended the Big Wheels car show held at the Franklin Community Library as a way to encourage kids to sign up for library cards. The team also co-hosts A World in Motion with the California Auto Museum where our team members will teach the youth about different aspects of vehicles. By attending these events, we also hope to spark interest in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.


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