Formula Student (FS) is Europe’s most established educational engineering competition. The competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering. They do this by asking students to design, build, test and race with single seat race-cars. It is a kite-mark for real-world engineering experience, combining practical engineering experience with soft skills including business planning and project management. They introduced an autonomous competition in 2018 which means that students can not only create an IC or EV powertrain single seat race-car, but they can also take part in creating an autonomous race-car.
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Teams are tasked with producing a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. During the competition, teams must demonstrate the logic behind the proposal and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model for both parties. The competition has two types of events: static and dynamic. Dynamics are worth 600 points and statics are worth 400 points in total.
Dynamic events are events based around driving the car and checking its performance. They include the following:
- Skidpad (75 points)
- Acceleration (75 points)
- Autocross/Sprint (100 points)
- Efficiency (100 points)
- Endurance (250 points)
Static events are meant to examine our ability to make a sound argument for our design, justify our decisions and give us experience in the real world engineering. They include:
- Business Plan Presentation (120 points)
- Cost and Manufacturing (120 points)
- Engineering Design (160 points)