The roots of Bulldogs Racing extend back to 2006, when Yale College seniors designed and constructed a car in the scope of a mechanical engineering design seminar to compete in the inaugural Formula SAE Hybrid Competition. The team evolved into a Yale Undergraduate Organization in 2008 to become Bulldogs Racing. Since then, we have grown by leaps and bounds to become a world-renowned racing team.
In 2010, our car won the GM Best Engineered Hybrid Systems Award (2nd place) and was a finalist in the design competition. Diligent development and careful work over the course of three years saw Bulldogs Racing field BR13. At the 2013 Formula SAE Hybrid competition, Bulldogs Racing became the international champions, posting the fastest times in all dynamic events and sweeping the Ford Most Efficient Hybrid Award (1st place), the Chrysler Innovation Award (1st place), and the GM Best Engineered Hybrid System Award (2nd place).
After a 4th place finish in Formula SAE Hybrid 2014 with BR14, Bulldogs Racing decided to focus its attention and resources on electric drivetrains to further explore, experiment on and learn about the future of the automotive industry. Consequently, we embarked on a project to build an new all-electric race car, the BR16, which aimed to be the first all-electric vehicle built at Yale University. Just prior to raceday in 2016, we experienced a battery box fire that forced a significant revaluation and redesign of the car. We aim to finish a completely redesigned all-electric vehicle, the BR19, complete with additional safety features this year, and are well on track to do so.
Our Current Goals
Bulldogs Racing strives to be a venue for innovation and inspiration in engineering and business management. By pushing our members out of their comfort zones, providing the resources for creative problem solving, and expecting excellence at every step, Bulldogs Racing continues to lead the competition. This year we are continuing work on building our all-electric race car, BR19, to learn more about the cutting edge electric drivetrain technology that is propelling the automotive industry further.
- Though racing and competition drive the organization forward, education lies at the core of Bulldogs Racing. We aim to:
- Develop transferable critical thinking, problem solving, team work and leadership skills by tackling real-world problems in the scope of engineering and business management
- Prepare for careers in a wide variety of fields thanks to the diverse and challenging nature of the demands of designing a race car and maintaining a team
- Gain proficiency with CAE software, machine shop tools, electronic systems design, programming, composites, proper safety practices and business administration
- Represent Yale University, the Yale University School of Engineering and Applied Science and our sponsors as an ambassador for excellence in education, engineering and business.