In 2004 SAE Brasil (Society of Automotive Engineers) introduced a new universitary competition category that has big notority in other countries, the Formula SAE - that started in the 70's in USA.In this event the graduation students must build a formula type vehicle that attends to specific regulations from SAE International.
The competition aims to impove the technical knowledge of the participators, as well as encourage team work, raise funds and planning and analysing costs through simulation of development of a new product. It's an engineering challenge that's not limited to track performance - instead it emphasizes the development and results as a whole process. The vehicle goes through static and dynamic tests such as: design, manufacturing, costs, acceleration and endurance.
The 2 best teams have a chance to participate the annual American Competition.