The FSAE was founded in 1979 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the United States. The goal was to provide an opportunity for students to gather extensive experience already taught during studies in teamwork and project/cost management.
Teams from various universities compete against each other in professionally organized competitions with their own self-built and developed car. It’s not only about who built the fastest car, but about which team has the best overall package consisting of: engineering design, performance, cost and presentation.
The goal of a Formula Student team is to develop a car for the fictional market of hobby racing drivers within the boundaries of the lax regulations of the FSAE, leaving enough room for students to be creative and try out new ideas.
The competitions take place annually with the same rules and regulations worldwide, allowing for every team to take part anywhere.
The hundreds of teams at the competitions and the huge support from the industry make it clear how big of a success Formula Student has become.
The several days lasting competitions are composed not only of races, but of different events.
The Dynamic Events make up the following driving disciplines:
|CV & EV||DV|
|Skid Pad||75 points||75 points|
|Acceleration||75 points||75 points|
|Autocross||100 points||100 points|
|Efficiency||100 points||75 points|
During the Static Events, the car will be inspected by experienced engineers in the following disciplines:
|CV & EV||DV|
|Business Plan Presentation||75 points||75 points|
|Cost and Manufacturing||100 points||100 points|
|Engineering Design||150 points||300 points|
The diversity of the events calls for vast knowledge in various different fields. Only the most successful teams in all of the disciplines have what it takes to be victorious in a Formula Student competition. This makes it almost mandatory for team members to not only focus on their field of studies, but to also dip their toes into other different subjects. Today, the ability for engineers to be multi-disciplinary is a key quality that Formula Student teaches.