Rules and Deadlines

Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Formula Hybrid rules.

You will find many changes in these rules. Most of these changes were made to increase the percentage of vehicles that arrive at the competition ready to pass tech inspection and compete in all the events.

The most significant change to the Formula Hybrid competition is the addition the Project Management component described in the preface.

Action Deadlines

Documents found on the Tech Support and References Page.

Project Management Plan, Section S3.2.1 12.22.14
Structural Equivalency Spreadsheet (SES), Section T3.8 01.28.15
Fuel Request, Section IC2.1.3 (no official form) 01.28.15
Program Submission, Section A10 02.11.15
Interim Project Report, Section S3.2.2 02.18.15
Impact Attenuator Data (IA), Section T3.21 02.18.15
Site Pre-Registration, Section A10(j) 03.04.15
Electrical System Form (ESF), Article EV9 03.18.15
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), Article EV9 03.18.15
Design Report, Section S4.2.1 03.25.15
Sustainability Report, Section S4.2.2 03.25.15
Design Specifications Sheet, Section S4.2.3 03.25.15
Electrical Pre-Inspection, Section S2.3 04.17.15

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2015 Registration

  • Opened for Hybrid category on Monday, October 6, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
  • Opened for Electric category on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 10:00 AM EDT
  • Opened for entry of a 2nd team vehicle on Monday, November 3, 2014 10:00 AM EST
  • Closed on Monday, December 15, 2014 11:59 PM EST

Vehicle Categories

Formula Hybrid has three vehicle categories: Hybrid, Hybrid-In-Progress (HIP), and Electric-only.


The Hybrid category is the most challenging of all the SAE Collegiate Design Series engineering competitions, typically requiring thousands of hours of engineering and development time.


HIP is for hybrids that are still under development, such as a two-year design and build cycle. Hybrid-In-Progress vehicles can be driven on electric power.


Electric-only is for vehicles designed for battery/electric drive, and closely parallels the new FSAE Electric rules. Student teams wishing to enter a FSAE Electric vehicle in the Formula Hybrid Electric-only class should be aware that there are some rules that are different (PDF). Read all of the rules carefully!

Nathalie Capati, Test Engineer, HEV/EV,
Global Battery Systems Lab, General Motors


“I really enjoyed the ability to design and innovate and test things to their maximum — to be able to understand how things really work.”
— Benjamin Groen,
Advanced Hybrid Battery Development Engineer, General Motors