University of California, Santa Barbara



Gaucho Racing is the continuation of a long history of motorsports in Santa Barbara. Though teams have come and gone, it is our goal to create something that is lasting and will persevere through the years to highlight the engineering and business prowess of UC Santa Barbara Students. We put a strong focus on educating new members, providing them with the tools they need to succeed, both in school and outside.

Gaucho Racing strives to build a diverse and multidisciplinary team, able to challenge each other's ideas and assumptions, as we believe this leads to the best work, innovation and growth.


Gaucho Racing aims to enable students to gain hands-on experience in all phases of the engineering process and propel them forward into their careers. As part of UCSB’s official SAE International Student Chapter, our main focus is to participate each year in the Formula SAE Electric Competition. This involves students working together as a team to research, design, and manufacture a single seater electric race car from the ground up.

Our team is also responsible for funding this project each year which will connect our students with industry sponsors and build crucial relationships for our success. Through this project, students will gain essential engineering and networking skills in demand in this industry and be prepared to launch their futures in engineering.


FSAE Electric, initiated in 2013, is a cutting-edge addition to the Formula SAE competition. It focuses on the development of vehicles powered exclusively by electric motors, aligning with the global shift towards sustainable and eco-friendly transportation solutions.

Each year, over 400 teams from universities worldwide participate in events hosted globally. Teams go head-to-head, defending their design choices in static events under the scrutiny of industry judges. The real test comes in dynamic events, where our vehicles' performance and our drivers' skills are put to the ultimate test. Winning top honors requires excelling in multiple categories, showcasing the culmination of our team's hard work and dedication.


Are you passionate about electric vehicles, cutting-edge technology, and being part of a dynamic team? Join us on our journey as we continue to make strides in the world of Formula SAE Electric. Whether you're an engineering enthusiast, a future driver, or someone eager to contribute to sustainable innovation, there's a place for you at Gaucho Racing.


Stay up to date with the latest Gaucho Racing news! We'll send you updates about all the cool things we've been working on.


When: Mondays 7:30-8:30

Where: Engineering II Room 1519

Come see what we're all about! We'd love to meet you and answer any questions about our organization.


Email: ucsantabarbarasae@gmail.com

CoE Machine shop,
Arts Building 524, Room 0249
Santa Barbara, CA 93106

Feel free to send us an email or even some physical mail!