Screen Shot 2013-10-08 at 8.34.30 PMAdam Goone pilots BR13 in the pits

Bulldogs Racing is the Yale University chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).  The team designs and produces hybrid-powered, formula-style racecars for the Formula-Hybrid Competition.  Held annually by SAE in Loudon, New Hampshire, the Formula-Hybrid Competition is the most demanding of SAE’s collegiate design competitions.

A Brief Team History

In 2006, Yale College seniors working under the guidance of Professor John Morrell designed and constructed a car to compete in the inaugural Formula Hybrid Competition.  The car was built under the auspices of a mechanical engineering design seminar, and the nominal budget and the small size of the team proved impediments to success.  In 2008, the core group of engineers founded Bulldogs Racing — a Yale Undergraduate Organization.  Since 2008, Bulldogs Racing has grown by leaps and bounds to become a world-renowned racing team.  In 2010, the car won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Award (second place) and was a finalist in the design competition.  The team grew from its experiences in the 2010 competition, and after diligent development and careful work over the course of several years, Bulldogs Racing fielded BR13 — the race car that would win the 2013 Formula-Hybrid Competition.

Bulldogs Racing Today

At the 2013 competition, Bulldogs Racing became international champions.  Our car was named the Formula-Hybrid Best Hybrid Vehicle overall having posted the fastest times in all three dynamic events. The vehicle won the Ford Most Efficient Hybrid Award (first place), the Chrysler Innovation award (first place), and the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System award (second place). We came in fourth place at the 2014 competition.

Though racing and competition drive the organization forward, education lies at its core. Bulldogs Racing aims to:

  • Develop the engineering and business skills of its members
  • Prepare students for careers in a wide variety of fields
  • Give members fluency with CAD design software, machining and welding equipment, electronic systems design, systems optimization, computer programming, composites design, proper safety practices, and business administration
  • Represent Yale University, the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and its sponsors as an ambassador for engineering education

Bulldogs Racing strives to be a venue for innovation in engineering.  By educating its members, providing the resources for creative problem solving, and expecting excellence at every step, Bulldogs Racing has risen above its competition.



SparkFun Electronics representatives enjoying BR13

We competed in 2014, finishing in 4th place overall. We are entering a one and a half year design build cycle for the 2015-2016 season. Team members are busy:

  • We are analyzing the data we gathered from the BR14 car to improve our next design
  • Designing a robust high-voltage system that will significantly boost power output and reliability
  • Upgrading mechanical and electrical components to improve overall performance
  • Investing in carbon fiber components wherever possible in order to reduce weight
  • Improving a mobile/tablet app to track car position to within 2cm, measure lateral g-force, record fuel consumption, and transmit live-streaming video from the car, thus enabling real-time monitoring and data acquisition during testing and during the competition.
  • Fundraising to make this project possible

We’re excited for what this season holds, and we hope you’ll follow us on our journey:

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Bulldogs Racing enters hybrid-powered race cars in the SAE Formula-Hybrid Competition.


“The Formula Hybrid Competition is an interdisciplinary design and engineering challenge for university students.  Engineering a hybrid-powered vehicle provides an unparalleled interdisciplinary hands-on experience that requires students to innovate across mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering disciplines. Hybrid drivetrains present great challenges, and the best solutions often result when engineers work together across boundaries. Engineering companies and several of the world’s major automotive manufacturers support Formula Hybrid due to the high quality of engineers who have learned to work outside of their chosen disciplines.”

Learn more about the Formula-Hybrid Competition by clicking on the link below:




Bench-10           Bench-3           Bench

Connor Durkin                                                James Volz                                                  Chinmay Jaju

       President                                      Treasurer and Chief of Finance                                   Chief Engineer


Bench           Bench-14

    Riley Rice                                                      Shivang Patel

Mechanical Team Lead                                     Electrical Team Lead


Bench-2           Bench-16          Bench-6

   Philip Piper                                                      Jessie Li                                                      Petter Wehlin


Bench-12           Bench-11           Bench-9

Devansh Tandon                                        Dante Archangeli                                             Claire Mallon


Bench-7           Bench-8           Bench-5

Austin Airhart                                    Yossi Kohrman-Glaser                                        Evan Doyle


Bench-13           Bench-15           Bench-4

      Josh Chang                                                         Kat Li                                                          Alex Herkert



Taha Ramanazoglu




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Dr. Joseph Zinter                                           Joseph Belter


















         Profox        Aurora      Andy's

DSS              Graybar




The work of Bulldogs Racing is made possible by generous contributions from private and corporate donors. Donations are made in all types and sizes — ranging from cash donations to in-kind donations of parts and services — but every gift made is integral to the success of the team.

The benefits of sponsorship are reciprocal.  Your corporate logo may appear on the side of the Yale School of Engineering and Applied Science’s flagship, you’ll have unparalleled recruitment access to Yale’s finest engineering and business minds, and you may have the chance to take the BR14 out for a spin on track days.  The rewards of sponsoring Bulldogs Racing can be immense.

If you are interested in sponsoring the team, or if you’d like more information, please fill out this contact form.  A member of the Bulldogs Racing team will respond within one business day.




Check out BR13 in action.  In this video taken during the 2013 Formula-Hybrid Competition, driver Adam Goone races through the autocross course.



Do you want to learn more about what Bulldogs Racing does?  Are you a Yale student looking to apply to the team?  No matter why you’re interested in Bulldogs Racing, we want to hear from you!  Please fill out the contact form below, and you’ll hear back from us within one business day.