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Innovation Award

SAE International Garrett Powertrain Innovation Award

SAE International Garrett Powertrain Innovation Award

Garrett is proud to grant the SAE International Garrett Powertrain Innovation Award to promote powertrain innovation technology solutions for engineering students to enable the advancement of the Electrical Vehicle Powertrain in the Formula SAE domain.


The Garrett Powertrain Innovation Award is applicable to the product or process design of the differentiated powertrain of the Formula SAE EV Racing vehicles.

This award honors Formula SAE EV teams whose accomplishments include:

  • Outstanding research of the problem statement

  • Contributions to developing next generation formula SAE technology

  • Innovative & differentiated design approach

  • How much of the design solutions or architecture was formulated by the team

APPLICATION DEADLINE – The application deadline is the Friday of the race event

WHO – Any Formula SAE EV team is eligible. There is no limit as to how many students can be in the team.

APPLICATIONS – There’s no limit to the number of applications submitted per team.

NOTE – You will need to participate in the Formula SAE EV race to qualify.

The product or process innovation is applicable to any component in the EV powertrain of the Formula SAE vehicle.

A Garrett expert will evaluate the innovation technology and schedule a time to see it during the race.

Points will be awarded based on:

  • Quantification of benefits and trade-offs

(Efficiency, mass reduction, cooling capacity, battery capacity, reduction on lap time …)

  • Differentiation

  • Complexity

  • Ingenuity

  • Impact

  • Teamwork

This award consists of an innovation recognition and a $3,500 honorarium and is given as part of the Formula SAE award ceremony.


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