CARDINAL FORMULA RACING (CFR) is a faculty led student racing team that competes in the Formula SAE Collegiate Design Series competitions. CFR conceives designs, builds and races small Indy-style racecars to compete in the most prestigious student design competition in the world, Formula SAE. CFR procures donations, exciting employment opportunities for its students and fulfills its mission statement. Donations, in part, generate the revenue to support this educational experience. A donation investment in this educational entity results in a number of positive business exposures; including branding, advertisement, corporate hospitality, business-to-business relationships, recruiting hands-on capable students, demonstration of quality, vitality, and distinctiveness, and marketing. Motorsports is unique in the fact that it can deliver various exposures for one investment. Educational motorsports is doubly unique in that it provides the best possible training for young innovative technical professionals.
CFR is a special program in SVSU's College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. CFR is made up of 20 to 30 students from engineering and business. CFR is an extracurricular program, but there are mechanisms in the engineering and business curriculum for the students to earn course credit. There are two faculty advisors; one from mechanical engineering and one from business and one industry/racing advisor.