Cooper Motorsports would not be able to exist without the support of our institution. The Joint Activities Committee and Dean’s Office provide the team with generous financial support. The Mechanical Engineering Department offers us well-equipped labs and machine shops to work in, as well as experienced faculty to support us. Finally, the rigorous and well-rounded curriculum of the Albert Nerken School of Engineering school gives us the knowledge we need to tackle the challenges that the Formula SAE competition presents.
Cooper Motorsports was formed in 1994 when Cooper Union students competed in the SAE Baja series. In 2004, an intrepid group of four mechanical engineering students started development of a racecar for the Formula SAE competition and a new team was born.
The competition requires students to design, build, test, and race a real race car. Since 2006, the team has built 4 open-cockpit formula-style race vehicles showcasing everything from mechanical design to electronic control systems.
Despite its limited resources, the team continues to thrive. Since its birth, the project has grown into an interdisciplinary effort between dozens of students of different majors within Cooper Union striving for excellence in every aspect of engineering design.