Currently, Ricardo Software sponsors nearly 200 Formula SAE (FSAE) and similar student-competition teams and provides more than 1,000 licenses worldwide. Dedicated to promoting careers in STEM through applied learning, Ricardo Software offers free-of-charge licensing to FSAE teams.
We offer free access to the following products:
- WAVE – Ricardo Software's class-leading engine performance simulation software is used by almost 100% of our sponsored FSAE teams
- VECTIS – after having experience with WAVE, many teams add our 3D CFD tool, for detailed flow analysis in manifolds
- VALDYN – designed specifically for valvetrain and drive-system analysis, experienced teams look to focus in on mechanical systems
- IGNITE – teams competing in hybrid and electric competitions use full-vehicle-system simulation in order to better analyse vehicle performance, fuel consumption and energy flow analysis
Request a grant for your FSAE team – complete and return the grant request form.
Choosing a STEM career focus without much experience or exposure can be intimidating, but as Mitchell Fink, Virginia Tech Motorsport Engine team member, pointed out:
“Students looking into the engineering field should strive to be hands-on. Ricardo Software’s WAVE was the first software simulation tool I used to model engines and, because of that hands-on experience, I have advanced my education in mechanical engineering and am prepared for a career in the automotive industry. I never would have chosen an automotive career path without FSAE and Ricardo Software.”