Formula Student is an engineering challenge where students from different universities around the globe design and build a single-seater open-wheel race car 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. It is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace. 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
The COMBUSTION category consists of vehicles that are powered by internal combustion engines. It is the oldest category, and is the starting point for all FS teams seeking to make an entry into the world of FS
The ELECTRIC category consists of vehicles that are powered by battery packs and electric motors. Following the global shift towards electric mobility, many teams, including us, have shifted to the electric category.
The DRIVERLESS category consists of vehicles that are autonomous and perform all physical actions on its own. Being relatively new, participation in this category is comparatively lower but is rapidly gaining popularity.
FORMULA STUDENT GERMANY
International flair, more than 100 race cars, and competition at a feverish pace: That is the Formula Student Germany, a competition where student teams from around the world compete against each other in various disciplines with their self-constructed race cars. Viewed by the FS community as the pinnacle of all Formula Student Competitions, FSG takes place at the end of the FS calendar and provides a grand finale for the best teams from every country to vie for the championship.
VENUE : Hockenheimring, Germany
TIMING : 14th to 20th August 2023
Formula Bharat is the Indian Formula Student-style engineering design competition, featuring students from colleges and universities all over the country, with every team giving their absolute best to compete for the coveted title of national champions.
VENUE : Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore, India
TIMING : 25th January 2023
During the Skid Pad event, the cars must drive a figure of 8 circuit lined with track cones, performing two laps of each circle. In each case, the sec-ond lap will be measured. The lap time gives a comparative value for the maximum possible lateral acceleration of the car.
The efficiency score of a car is based on the distance the vehicle travels in the endurance event and the total fuel/energy used.\ category.
During the Skid Pad event, the cars must drive a figure of 8 circuit lined with track cones, performing two laps of each circle. The lap time gives a comparative value for the maximum possible lateral acceleration of the car.
In the AUTOCROSS event, the FSC and FSE cars traverse a kilometre-long track with driver and a 500 meter track without driver including straights, curves, and chicanes. A fast lap time is a sign of high driving dynamics, precise handling and good acceleration and braking ability.
The vehicle‘s EFFICIENCY is measured precisely from fuel/electric power consumption. However, the absolute fuel and energy consumption is not what is used to calculate the efficiency score, but rather the consumption relative to speed.
The vehicle‘s ACCELERATION from a standing start is measured over a 75 metre straight. The fastest cars cross the line in less than four seconds and can reach speeds of over 100 km/h by the end of the stretch
The car is driven around the track for 22 km, thus evaluating the car's ability to keep running for a long time (endurance over fatigue)
The cars that the students design will not only be assessed when stationary. Their performance on the racetrack will also be put to the test. Each dynamic event tests different features of the vehicles. In addition to the maximum longitudinal and lateral acceleration, race performance, efficiency and endurance of the Formula cars will be examined and evaluated.
The Formula Student competition is designed to introduce the participating students to the interdisciplinary approach of today’s automotive industry. This not only includes technical understanding, but also economic and communication abilities such as presentation techniques or financial planning skills. This is why the three static events demand collaboration across the team in the areas of design and layout, construction, marketing and pricing of a product.
Cost is a decisive factor in the design of any product. In the COST AND MANUFACTURING analysis event, the teams must grapple with the calculative size of the vehicle, its components, and the necessary manufacturing steps and record all of this in a written cost report. The students must then answer questions from the judges relating to the cost report on their prototype.
Each team engages in preparing a BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATION pitching their business constructed over a idea which involves a formula student car to a fictitious company represented by judges. During a ten minute presentation, the team must demonstrate why their design best fulfils the demands of their target group and show how their design can be successfully marketed. The presentation will be followed by a five minute discussion and question round with the judges.
For the ENGINEERING DESIGN COMPETITION, the students must hand in an eight-page technical description of their car. The documents must show both their design and how the design will be applied to their chosen construction. The evaluation will not only assess the quality of the technical solution in question but also the reasons behind it.
The objective of the COST AND MANUFACTURING event is to evaluate the team’s understanding of the manufacturing processes and costs associated with the construction of a prototype race car. This includes trade off decisions between content and cost, make or buy decisions and understanding the differences between prototype and mass production.