The concept behind the Formula Student competition is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style racecar. The prototype racecar is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules, whose purpose is both ensuring on-track safety and promoting clever problem solving.
The competition was introduced in 1978 in the USA. Since then, it expanded towards other countries and continents. Nowadays, nearly 600 teams participate in Formula Student events all over the world!
In addition to these events, various sponsors of the competition provide awards for superior design accomplishments. For example, innovative use of electronics, recyclability, crash worthiness, analytical approach to design, and overall dynamic performance are some of the awards available. At the beginning of the competition, the vehicle is checked for rule compliance during the Technical Inspection. Its braking ability, rollover stability, electrical safety and noise levels are checked before the vehicle is allowed to compete in the dynamic events (Acceleration, Skidpad, Autocross and Endurance).
Formula Student encompasses all aspects of a business including R&D, manufacturing, testing, marketing, management and fundraising. Formula Student takes students out of the class room and puts them in the real world.
A Formula Student competition consists of so-called static and dynamic disciplines. In the static events the engineers have to present their car and their development process to well-known judges from the economy, the automotive industry and prestigious racing series like Formula One. Disciplines being judged are:
- ENGINEERING DESIGN Judgement of technical aspects, the construction and key attributes of the car.
- COST Financial planning of the whole car, including manufacturing.
- BUSINESS PLAN Presentation in order to convince a potential investor of a profitable business idea using the self-developed race car.
The dynamic events reveal the driving performance of the prototypes. Every discipline puts different abilities of the cars to the test:
- ACCELERATION An acceleration race over 75 m distance with a standing start.
- SKID PAD Cornering on a track shaped like an eight to test the lateral acceleration of the car.
- AUTOCROSS Qualifying for the Endurance, the fastest lap time wins.
- ENDURANCE & EFFICIENCY An endurance race over 22 km distance, including one driver change. The Efficiency scoring rates the consumed amount of energy in relation to the total time.
The following websites offer detailed information about the competitions:
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