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Do I need any experience to join the team?
No experience is required to join the team, and it doesn't matter what major you are! Leads will teach you everything you need to know.
Am I limited to what subteam I can join?
We encourage new members to spend their first few months participating in all the subteams and doing hands-on work with each one to get a feel for what you like. Beyond that, you can be on as few or as many subteams as you would like.
Where do you guys run the car?
Testing in the beginning stages usually occurs in an open Rutgers parking lot, with bigger official drive days usually occurring at our sponsor's location, Princeton Airport.
When can I do machining/ composites work?
This is a new-member requirement! This is one of the first things we’ll teach you. Though as a general rule of thumb members can't use the shop for personal projects, but after our training, you'll be able to make important parts for the car!
What is the time commitment?
Leads are generally at the shop every day after 5 pm, with many of our dedicated members spending 5 - 7 days a week working on the car. However, you're free to come to the shop as often as you like!
Do you guys race and where?
Each year we compete in 3 international competitions against upwards of 120+ teams. The competitions are held in Canada, California, and Michigan International Speedway.
What makes you Rutgers #1 engineering team?
For 30+ years we've been consistently running up the ranks to become a top contender on an international stage. In 2021 we achieved our best results achieving 10th in Business, 11th in Design, and 15th Overall at FSAE Michigan.
Does everyone go to the competition?
Due to space limitations, leads and e-board evaluate members' commitment throughout the year culminating in generally a 35-person competition team.
What other events are there?
Throughout the year we have lots of cool events such as local exhibitions with other universities, cars & coffee events, free access to concerts like GovBall and we even have our own booth at the Philly Auto Show and New York International Auto Show.
Can anyone drive the car?
Members get a chance behind the wheel after a full year of being on the team. This generally happens after the competition season. During these driving events, team members evaluate members handling capabilities to determine who will drive at comp the following year.
Is RFR really going electric?
Yes! We're going into our third and final year of the transition from a combustion team.
The transition will culminate with a world championship contending RFR23 EV car ready to dominate at major FSAE competitions.