THE CAR

Every year, Rutgers Formula Racing makes a competitive race car to compete in the Formula SAE series. Our 2018 model exemplifies the innovation of our design team, and support of our administration and sponsors.

Weight -  407lb

Power   -    47hp

RFR 2017​

Power   -   43hp

Weight - 410lb


Awards - 3rd place Pittsburgh Shootout

Aerodynamics - front and rear wing with diffuser

Driver Controls - electro-pneumatic shifter

Electronics - datalogger with telemetry

Powertrain - single-cylinder Yamaha 450cc engine

Suspension - rocker actuated 4-way adjustable shocks

RFR 2016​

Power   -   40hp

Weight - 430lb

Aerodynamics - front and rear wing with diffuser

Driver Controls - electro-pneumatic shifter

Electronics - student tuned DTA Swin ECU

Powertrain - single-cylinder Yamaha 450cc engine

Suspension - rocker actuated 4-way adjustable shocks

RFR 2015​

Power   -   40hp

Weight - 384lb

Aerodynamics - front and rear wing

Driver Controls - electro-pneumatic shifter

Electronics - DTA Swin ECU

Powertrain - single-cylinder Yamaha 450cc engine

Suspension - rocker actuated independent suspension

RFR 2014

2014 was the last RFR car to use a

Triumph Street triple engine.  The Rutgers Formula 2014 car went to competition at Michigan and successfully completed the endurance event.

RFR 2013

The team chose to use a Triumph, three cylinder engine, which they scaled down from 675 to 604cc. They attended competition in Lincoln, Nebraska.

RFR 2012

The team won 18th overall with 588.8 points at Michigan. They placed 21st in acceleration, 17th in autocross, and 22nd in endurance.

RFR 2011

2011 was a significant year for RFR, winning the Outstanding Organization of The  Year Award. They exhibited the car at the annual New York International Auto Show. The RFR11 was successful at competition.

RFR 1992

The team updated the 1991 car with an electromotive ECU for competition at Ford's Research and Engineering campus. This car earned 3rd place in acceleration and completed all events except for the second heat of endurance.

RFR 1994

Rutgers entered its first carbon fiber monocoque in the competition at the Pontiac Silverdome, winning the "Best Prototype Fabrication Award." Notable features included longer lower A-Arms and pneumatic shifting.

RFR 1995

This was the second year entry of the 1994 car. Carbon fiber wheels were custom built for the car.

RFR 1997

This year was the first time an entirely new car was designed and fabricated from scratch in one school year. The car earned a spot in design semi finals. The team did not finish endurance due to issues with the aluminum rotors and throttle controls.

RFR 1998

The team placed 22nd overall with a total of 428.67 points. They scored 54.53 points in cost, 60.5 points in presentation, 110 points in design, 5.59 points in skid pad, 45 points in autocross, and 153 points in endurance.

RFR 1999

The team utilized the 1998 car for a second year with improvements and adjustments. The differential failed during endurance due to lack of safety wire on the main bolts. Bolts in the differential housing loosened during endurance.

RFR 2000

The car had the same engine, differential, and rear chassis subframe configurations as the 1998 and 1999 cars, but had in-board suspension. The team won 3rd place for the Bosch powertrain award for their novel variable length intake runner system.

RFR 2001

The team improved on the 2000 model with different bellcrank mounting, lighter front uprights, and new rear suspension geometry. The team placed 15th overall with a total of 608.1 points.

RFR 2002

The team revised the 2001 car, using a Yamaha R6. The team placed 17th overall, winning the Highest Horsepower Award. The team and car were featured in a RU-TV news segment. The car suffered a wreck in early 2003 during testing.

RFR 2003

The team had difficulty completing the car in time, but managed to pass all parts of tech inspection. They placed 85th overall with a total of 191.8 points, failing to finish acceleration, skid pad, autocross, and endurance.

RFR 2004

They implemented custom built backseat driver telemetry and data acquisition system for the first time. The car did not finish endurance because the second driver missed a blue pass flag. They placed 40th overall.

RFR 2005

The team utilized an aluminum plate rear subframe for the first time, providing quick and accurate creation of subframe while also maintaining precise suspension points. The team placed 17th overall with a total of 657.512 points.

RFR 2006

The 2006 used a completely new chassis and the car was 30 pounds lighter than the previous year. The team reworked front camber adjustment and used a mechanical push/pull cable paddle shifter. They placed 16th overall with a total of 684.4 points/

RFR 2007

The team placed 87th overal with a total of 192.3 points, earning 77.5 points in cost, 34.9 points in presentation, and 80 points in design. The team did not complete acceleration, skid pad, autocross, or endurance.

RFR 2008

RFR placed 60th overall with a total of 684.4 points, earning 80.5 points in cost, 33.7 points in presentation, 80 points in design, 56.9 points in acceleration, 18.2 points in skid pad, and 41.4 points in autocross.

RFR 2009

The team made a notable redesign of most systems in the car and competed in two competitions, WIR and MIS. They won 3rd place in Acceleration at VIR and tied for 3rd place in design at MIS. They tied the 2003 car body to the roof of the shop.

RFR 2010

Rutgers Formula Racing attended competition in Michigan with their 2010 model.