Formula Student is the largest student technology competition in the world. The competition is held every year across the world. Founded in 1981 in the US under the auspices of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the first European competition was held in 1998.
At present, the competition is attended by 600 University teams from around the world who compete with their own-built racing cars. The winner of the competition does not necessarily have the fastest car. It depends on the mix of design, performance, budget planning and marketing plan. Since 2010 has been launched, cars with pure electric drive can participate in the competition. And surprisingly, electric cars can do more than just achieve comparable results with a combustion engine.
The Formula Student Competition consists of so-called static and dynamic disciplines.
In static disciplines teams represent vehicles and their development to world-renowned experts in the fields of economics, automotive industry and prestigious racing competitions such as Formula 1.
The following disciplines are:
- ENGINEERING DESIGN Assessment of technical aspects, design and key features of the vehicle.
- COST Financial planning of the entire vehicle including (serial) production.
- BUSINESS PLAN A presentation designed to convince a theoretical investor to invest in a racing vehicle's serial production project.
Dynamic disciplines have the task of checking the driving properties of prototypes. Each of the disciplines has the task of examining the different attributes of the vehicle.
- ACCELERATION Acceleration on 75m from stopped start.
- SKID PAD A heavily eight-track spiral track has the task of checking the lateral acceleration of the vehicle.
- AUTOCROSS Qualification to the Main Event "Endurance", the winning car with the best lap time.
- ENDURANCE & EFFICIENCY Endurance race at 22 km with driver replacement halfway. The effectiveness of the vehicle is to assess the amount of energy consumed over total time.