Formula Student (FS) is one of the most prestigious educational engineering contests hosted by the Formula Student community. Spread across 5 continents, Formula Student captivates 100+ universities every year to participate and compete with each other.
Upheld by the car business and high-profile engineers, the competition hopes to encourage bold and innovative youngbloods to take up a calling in engineering. It incites engineers to design, develop and compete on the whole with self-made Formula cars across various segments. Giving the teams a real-world engineering experience, the competition also tests the soft skills in areas of business planning and project management.
Any Typical Formula Student (FS) Competition features 2 main disciplines: Static and DynamicStatic Events:
Engineering design event (150 points)
This event primarily assesses the teams based on the sophistication of the technical design of the vehicle. In this event, the student teams are supposed to hand over an eight-page technical description and five-page autonomous description of the vehicle. The judgment not only focuses upon the quality of the solution but also the reasoning.
Cost and Manufacturing event (75 points)
Cost is a decisive factor for designing any product. In this event, the team should concoct the calculative size of the vehicle, list the components, the economics of each component, and describe the manufacturing process of the vehicle. A compilation of this data is given to the judges in the form of a cost report for judgment.
Business Plan Presentation (100 points)
In this event, each team will be displaying their business plan for the construction of prototypes to a fictitious company represented by judges. This display of the business plan will be in the form of a ten-minute presentation where each team will be examining their automotive design, financial statements, marketing strategies, and economic feasibility of their idea to the judges.
Acceleration (75 points)
A 75m length of the track is assigned for this event where the vehicle is tested for its acceleration capability accompanied by torque and engine feasibility.
Skidpad (75 points)
The vehicle is driven in a figure of 8 circuits lined with track cones. A total of 2 laps are performed in each circle. In each scenario, the second lap is quantified. The lap time gives a comparative value for the maximum possible lateral acceleration of the vehicle.
Autocross (100 points)
A preset track with curves, straights, and hairpin bends is formulated to bring out the true potential of the vehicle. Each team sends out two drivers who in turn have 2 chances to set the best time. The results favor the position of the team vehicle in the Endurance event.
Endurance (325 points)
After covering 22 km on a track much similar to the autocross, the vehicle is assessed on durability, engine smoothness, fuel consumption ratio, acceleration, dynamics, and reliability. Each team has only one chance with a condition to swap the driver on completion of 11 laps. The team with the fastest time secures the maximum points.
Efficiency (100 points)
The vehicle of each team is judged on the basis of energy consumption during the Endurance event. Factors like relative speed achieved by vehicle, energy consumption ratio per distance covered play a major role in this event.