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Formula SAE is a student design competition organized by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE, also known as SAE International). The competition was started back in 1978 and was originally called SAE Mini Indy. It was later renamed as Formula SAE in 1981.

Formula SAE, aims at giving universities the opportunity to participate in a regulated event that is interesting and appealing to students.

The concept behind Formula SAE is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student 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. The target marketing group for the race car is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules, whose purpose is both ensuring on-track safety (the cars are driven by the students themselves) and promoting clever problem solving.

  • In 2008, the team took the FM08 to Italy, where they received the Farthest Travelled Team award.

  • 2009 saw the FM09 go to the U.K. where the team stood 10th in the cost report.

  • In 2010, the FMX team came 4th in the cost event at FS Austria and was the lightest Indian FSAE car at the competition. They were also given the award of ‘Most Motivated Team’.

  • The FMXI team, which went to Italy in 2011, stood 16th in the cost event.

  • In 2013, the FMX3 set the tracks blazing at FS Germany and FS Czech Republic. With a personal best of 0-75m in 4.51 seconds, the FMX3 was the Fastest Indian FSAE car. The team stood 2nd in the cost event at FSG, making Formula Manipal the only Indian team to achieve a podium finish at the competition. It was also the only Indian team to complete Endurance with Electro-pneumatic gear shifting.

  • In 2014, the FMX4 went to the CzechRing, Czech Republic and completed the Acceleration event with a timing of 4.81 seconds and Skidpad event with a timing of 8.120s. The car blazed through AutoCross with a timing of 71.710s.

  • FMX4 paricipated in Formula Design Challenge 2015 and became the first car to complete all parts of the Technical Scrutiny. They secured 3rd, 5th and 6th position in Engineering Design, Business Presentation and Cost Analysis events respectively completing the Static events. It went on to break the existing National Record for Acceleration with a timing of 4.19s. It secured a 2nd and 3rd place finish in Endurance and Efficiency event and the Autocross event while clocking in the best laptime with 83.95s. Formula Manipal took the podium in all Dynamic events and won the most number of trophies, a total of seven and clinched the 2nd Position overall.

  • The FMX6 in 2016 team was the best Indian team in the Czech Republic Competition securing an overall position of 16th in the competition with 5th place in the cost event.



Formula Bharat is an engineering design competition in which students from colleges and universities all over the country, compete with a life-size Formula-style vehicle in areas of engineering design, overall cost, marketability and dynamic performance. The series replicates the global student Formula series hosted in around 11 countries per year.

The purpose of this competition is to encourage students to gain hands-on practical experience, while applying engineering theories studied in the classroom. In addition, students learn the art of management and teamwork, which are essential skills required in the ‘real-world’. These student teams are required to build a new vehicle from scratch year-after-year and seek sponsorship and donations by their own means to fund the project.

  • In 2017, the team took the FMX6 and secured an overall 9th in the competition finishing 3rd in Design and 4th in Cost events.

  • 2019 saw the FMX8 secure 3rd in the competition scoring 1st position in Acceleration as well as Business Plan. The team also took their first Electric car, FMX8e and secured 2nd in Design Event.

  • In 2020, FM20 topped the AutoCross event with the best time of 92.24 seconds. The team also scored 3rd in E.V. Cost event with FM20e. Formula Manipal also won the "Code Hatchers" and "YourSoftwareStory".

  • In 2021, Formula Bharat was hosted as a virtual event. The team secured an overall 6th in the competition, finishing 3rd in the Business event. In addition to the podium finish, the team also won the Best Presentation Delivery and Best Innovative Concept Awards. The Electric team won the “Vehicle Tech” Aether Energy Software Award.

  •  In 2022, Formula Bharat was yet again hosted as a virtual event. The Team bagged an Overall 3rd Position achieving 3rd place in the Engineering Design Presentation for the Combustion category while an Overall 2nd Position by securing 2nd place in the Engineering Design Presentation for the Electric category.

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