SAE International (formerly Society of Automotive Engineers) has organized and held a student design competition since 1978. Originally called the Mini Indy, Formula SAE® promotes excellence and careers in engineering as it embraces characteristics of the automotive industry such as research, design, manufacturing, testing, management, and finances. A competing team is to assume that that a manufacturing firm has engaged it to design, fabricate and demonstrate a prototype car for evaluation as a production item; the target marketing group is the non-professional weekend autocross racer. Goals and intents include high performance in terms of acceleration, braking and handling qualities, reliable, low in cost, easy to maintain, high marketability in terms of aesthetics, comfort and use of common parts. To be eligible for the SAE Collegiate Design Series, team members must be enrolled as degree seeking undergraduates at a university or college and at least 18 years of age. The problem is this organization or any of its kind has ever been formed at our University (Texas A&M University-Kingsville.) Not only do we have to design, build and test the vehicle but we must all come up with all of the sponsors/funding for the entire project. Our projected budget is around $30,000, all of which must come from sponsors or out of pocket.