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. At present there are more than 600 teams from universities all over the world competing with their self-constructed race cars. 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.
Students are given free hand in creating concepts for their respective race cars. The regulations, published every year, primarily set safety standards for the competing vehicles.
Opposed to other racing series, having the fastest car does not guarantee victory in the Formula Student. Teams are evaluated in eight events; five of which are dynamic and three static. Racing performance, deep understanding of engineering theory and cost-related presentations are the focus of the Formula Student. Presentations are evaluated by a judge panel consisting of experts from motorsport, automotive and logistical industries.
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 75m 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 22km distance, including one driver change. The Efficiency scoring rates the consumed amount of energy in relation to the total time.