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.