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Formula SAE 2020

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Project ended on June 30, at 12:00 AM PDT
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Formula SAE 2020

Each year, California State University, Northridge’s Formula SAE team - Matador Motorsports - designs, builds, tests, and competitively races a single-seat open-wheel race car. This in-depth and hands-on educational program develops the knowledge, creativity and problem-solving abilities of engineering students by enabling them to draw upon their years of education to answer a complex, real-world design and manufacturing challenge. Matador Motorsports attracts some of the most hardworking, motivated and results-oriented engineering students produced by CSUN.

This season’s competition will be June 17-20, 2020 in Costa Mesa, California where we will be up against 80 other schools. Matador Motorsports has performed competitively throughout our history - 12th place overall in 2016, 7th in 2007 and 2017, and 6th in 2018 in Design Category. This was due to our vehicle weighing in as the lightest at 330 lbs - a full 50 lbs lighter than the next competitor. Our foundation is strong and we intend to improve our performance dramatically at the competition this year, aiming for a top 5 position overall. Additionally, in order to keep up with current technology and engineering practices we are expanding our program this year to include a second vehicle, this one entered into SAE’s Electric Vehicle competition. The electric vehicle program will gain dominance in the near future and we will be developing a model for that design process here at CSUN during this year.  

The resources necessary to design, manufacture, tune, and train to be competitive are immense. We have estimated that a total budget of $140,000 is required to create both an internal combustion and electric vehicle with the capability to place in the top 5. While the University graciously provides $24,000 to the team, that leaves Matador Motorsports with a substantial $116,000 to raise. This is why we are reaching out to you!  We hope to partner with you in this endeavor as your investment will contribute to maintaining an educational program of the highest quality. Additionally, this program is run through the CSUN Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, making any cash or in-kind sponsorship a charitable donation.

With this in mind, we humbly ask your consideration of the sponsorship opportunities. If you would like to discuss a custom sponsorship arrangement, please do not hesitate to reach out as we would be excited to discuss any possibility.


Thank you sincerely for your time and consideration. 

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Titanium fasteners

This donation will be used to purchase titanium fasteners and components to make our vehicles lighter. Which will increase overall performance and fuel efficiency.


Small maintenance

Support our car with a small donation that will be used in the annual maintenance fees to keep our high performance formula race cars running in tip top shape.


Fill it up

Fill our car up with high grade racing fuel so we can test for competition. We test to determine flaws and to root out problems in our crucial systems. Practice makes perfect and in order to have a winning car we need to have as much drive time as possible.


Adopt a battery

Help us by buying a battery pack for our new electric vehicle, the battery will be the fuel for this car and is one of the most important components for these vehicles.


Buy a tire

Help our team with this donation to enable us to purchase and mount a tire on our car for testing and competition.


Friend of CSUN Formula SAE

Official sponsorship status on our website and social media posts. Upon completion donors will receive a unique personalized thank you letter signed by every team member and a final photo of our cars and team at competition.


High performance tuning

Tune our engines for peak performance, this engine dyno testing and data acquisition.



Small decal of logo/name on Formula race car, website, and social media posts. Includes all perks below this level.



Custom team plaque of appreciation, proudly display proof of your generous donation with this custom hangable plaque. Includes all perks below this level.



Medium decal of logo/name on our Formula race car. Includes all perks below this level.


Buy an engine

This Donation allows the team to purchase the heart and soul of the internal combustion car.



Large decal of logo/name on Formula race car, team meet and greet with demonstration of complete Formula race car as well as a one on one immersive in depth car experience. This offer is only available to individuals and/or companies in the Southern California region.

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