The team was formed in 2015 when a group of 6 School of Engineering students were searching for a hands-on application of concepts taught in class. With the advent of electric cars from major companies like Chevy and Nissan, as well as the underdogs, Tesla and Fisker, the team agreed on creating a Formula SAE car that was rear-wheel driven and powered by a custom lithium-ion battery system. In 2016 and 2017, the team had the opportunity to partially fulfill its dreams; it competed with a Static-Events Only (SEO) car at the Formula Hybrid+Electric competition.
Since then, the team has grown by almost 20 times and now includes members from various schools within Boston University, such as the College of Arts and Sciences and the Questrom School of Business, all of whom have varying experience levels. The team consults regularly with professors in BU’s Mechanical Engineering (ME) and Electrical/Computer Engineering (ECE) departments for design, manufacturing, and project management guidance.
In 2020, the team underwent a rebranding initiative and changed our name from BU Racing to Terrier Motorsport. Along with the rebranding initiative, the team restructured its leadership roles to help better distribute tasks. We also invested in various software to better organize our projects with the goal to keep to a strict timeline. Our goal, given the lasted covid restrictions, was to have our second car completed for the next competition.
Our second and newest car, Scarlett, was designed during the 2020-2021 school year. In October of 2021, we started turning the concept of Scarlett into a reality. Due to unforeseen circumstances, we could only compete in static events at the Formula Hybrid+Electric competition in 2022. With our team hungry to compete, Scarlett is on track to be completed by December 2023 and ready to race at competition in Spring of 2024!