formula student

about formula student

Formula Student is the world’s biggest competition for engineers. Every year competitions are held all across the globe. Founded by the «Society of Automotive Engineers» in 1981, the first competition in Europe took place in 1998. At present, there are more than 600 teams from universities all over the world competing with their self-constructed race cars.

The goal is to develop and provide a platform for student engineers to experience, build, and learn. It offers a unique way to test students’ theoretical knowledge in a practical context. Students gain and develop skills such as engineering, project management and team work.

The winner is not necessarily the team with the fastest car, but the one with the best package regarding construction, performance, financial planning and sales arguments.

THE COMPETITION

Statics (325 Points):

Business Plan

75 Pt.

Cost and Manufacturing

100 Pt.

Engineering Design

150 Pt.

Dynamics (675 Point):

Accel.

75 Pt.

Skidpad

75 Pt.

Autocross

100 Pt.

dynamic events

Acceleration


The Acceleration event evaluates the car’s acceleration in a straight line, from a standing start, over 75 meters.




Skid Pad


The objective of the Skid Pad event is to measure the car’s lateral grip on a flat surface while making a constant radius turn.




Auto Cross


Autocross tests the cars dynamic ability in a one lap sprint. Two drivers are given two attempts at the course. The objective of the autocross event is to evaluate the car’s maneuverability and handling qualities on a tight course without the hindrance of competing cars. The autocross course will combine the performance features of acceleration, braking, and cornering into one event.




Fuel Efficiency


The car’s fuel efficiency is measured in conjunction with the Endurance event. Fuel usage and lap times are combined to determine how efficiently the car uses fuel. Here, a compromise between speed and power must be found.




Endurance


The Endurance event is 22 kilometers long driven on a track similar to Autocross. Two drivers each drive half of the distance with a mandatory pit stop at the midpoint. The car must stop and start under its own power and no refueling or repairs are allowed. A team must finish Endurance in order to earn any points from Fuel Efficiency or Endurance. Consistency and reliability is key for this event.





Endurance

325 Pt.

Efficiency

100 Pt.

static events

Cost Report


Students create a detailed report of all costs associated with materials, processes, and assembly of the car. Points are awarded based on total car cost and report quality. Finally, students must complete a ‘Real Case Scenario’ challenge to reduce cost in specified areas based on input from event organizers.




Business Presentation


The objective of the Business Presentation is to evaluate the team’s ability to develop and deliver a comprehensive business plan that will convince the executives of a corporation that the team’s car design best meets the demands of the amateur, weekend competition market




Engineering Design


During this event students must present their knowledge of the car and engineering concepts to a panel of judges. At most events, there are multiple rounds of design, each with increasingly difficult questions and longer sessions. The first round involves all teams, and focuses on fundamental knowledge. Only the best Teams reach the Design Finals.





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