Our Vision

The team provides hands-on experience in a multi-phased project development process and in engineering design practice far beyond a standard university curriculum.

Through participation in the annual SAE Formula Hybrid competition, members build invaluable skills in product-design, team collaboration, and project management, helping to properly prepare them for professional careers in the world of engineering and management.


  • Project Skills: Learn application of technical, practical, managerial, and organizational skills into developing a project/product.
  • Professional Engineering Practices: Exposure to practices and standards common in industry, building career potential.
  • Innovation: Carry new concepts through to conception via research, design, iterative engineering, and experimentation.


  • Safely: By participation in full-vehicle SAE safety inspections.
  • Quickly: Through execution in dynamic events.
  • Responsibly: Balance performance with efficiency.

Contact Us

  • Principal Team Lead:  Kevin Li // lik14@rpi.edu
  • Faculty Advisor:  Kyle Wilt // wiltk2@rpi.edu
  • Shop Location: Ricketts Building // Room 001 // +1 (518) 276-8214 (No Answering Machine)
  • Meeting Times: General Team Meetings: Mondays // 8pm // Ricketts 001

The Competition

Formula Hybrid is an annual international collegiate event held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH each spring. The competition attracts top students from a long list of highly-reputable schools, many of which focus educational emphases on STEM research and development. To compete, student teams must design, manufacture, and build a highly complex, formula-style racecar consisting of a drivetrain.

The student vehicles are then put through a rigorous set of inspection processes, design evaluations, and dynamic racing events in order to test the overall vehicle ability and engineering proficiency. The competition promotes creativity and design innovation to help drive technical educational development, culminating in what the Society of Automotive Engineers hails as “the most challenging of all the SAE Collegiate Design Series engineering competitions.”

The 2019 Formula Hybrid competition will take place April 29 - May 2, 2019.

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