What is Formula Student?
Formula Student or FS is an international design based competition for engineering students. It is held in various parts of the world and teams from all over the world compete in these events.
Students build a single seat formula racecar. The competition is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, cost and sales planning. This competition challenges the team members to go the extra step in their education by incorporating into it intensive experience in building and manufacturing as well as considering the economic aspects of the automotive industry.
Teams take on this project on the assumption that they are a manufacturer developing a prototype to be evaluated for production. The target audience is the non-professional weekend racer. The car should have good driving characteristics like acceleration, braking and handling. It should be offered at a reasonable cost and be reliable and dependable. Additionally, the car’s market value increases through other factors such as aesthetics, comfort and the use of readily available, standard purchase components.
This isn’t solely an engineering based event, because there are other factors to consider, like the labour of the manufacturing processes, the business viability of the product i.e. the racecar, the finance that goes into the cars production and all management that goes with it, and finally the on road performance of the car on the track which is via the driving skills of the driver, making it an overall development experience rather than just an academic experience.
The jury will judge every team’s car and sales plan based on construction, cost planning and sales presentation, as well as the car’s performance on the track.
Where is Formula Student held?
Germany – Formula Student Germany
Spain – Formula Student Spain
Czech – Formula Student Czech
East – Formula Student East
Michigan – Formula SAE Michigan
Switzerland – Formula SAE Switzerland
India – Formula Bharat
Austria – Formula Student Austria
Netherlands – Formula Student Netherlands
UK – Formula Student UK
Italy – Formula Student Italy
What are the events at Formula Student?
Acceleration (75 points)
Skid-Pad (75 points)
Autocross (100 points)
Efficiency (100 points)
Endurance (325 points)
Cost and Manufacturing (100 points)
Business Plan Presentation (75 points)
Engineering Design (150 points)
What are the event objectives?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Acceleration event evaluates the car's acceleration in a straight line, from a standing start, over a distance of 75 meters.
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.
What is the Formula Student Germany competition?
Students build a single seat formula racecar with which they can compete against teams from all over the world. The competition is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, and financial and sales planning.
Formula Student challenges the team members to go the extra step in their education by incorporating into it intensive experience in building and manufacturing as well as considering the economic aspects of the automotive industry. Teams take on the assumption that they are a manufacturer developing a prototype to be evaluated for production. The target audience is the non-professional Weekend-Racer, for which the racecar must show very good driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking and handling. It should be offered at a very reasonable cost and be reliable and dependable. Additionally, the car's market value increases through other factors such as aesthetics, comfort and the use of readily available, standard purchase components.
The challenge the teams face is to compose a complete package consisting of a well constructed racecar and a sales plan that best matches these given criteria. The decision is made by a jury of experts from the motorsport, automotive and supplier industries. The jury will judge every teams car and sales plan based on construction, cost planning and sales presentation. The rest of the judging will be done out on the track, where the students demonstrate in a number of performance tests how well their self-built racecars fare in their true environment.
What is the Formula Student Bharat competition?
Formula Bharat, also known as FB is a design competition which follows the standards of the prestigious Formula SAE®/Formula Student competitions held across the world.
Focus of this competition is on safety, good engineering practice, engineering design and education of the participating students. For more details please visit www.formulabharat.com