The Formula Student is a competition that sees university students of various courses competing to design, build, present and drive a single-seater racing car and managing a racing team.
The competitions are held at the most famous international circuits and the event is divided into different phases.
1. Technical Inspection
A series of technical checks that the judges carry out on the prototypes to verify their safety and compliance with technical regulations.
2. Static Events
Assessment of the business plan of the team and the implemented project choices.
Assessment of the team’s ability to develop a comprehensive business plan.
Cost & Manufacturing:
Evaluation of the relationship between costs incurred and budget for the production of the car.
The test is divided in two parts:
- submission of a written report;
- discussion during the main event;
Assessment of design choices and how they meet the market requirements. This also includes the ability of the team to answer the questions posed and the inspection of the car, which must be presented fully assembled and ready to compete.
3. Dynamic Events
Track tests to evaluate the qualifying and race acceleration, cornering stability and performance of the prototypes.
Assessment of the car’s cornering capacity.
Evaluation of the car’s acceleration with a stationary start along a straight path.
Assessment of the handling of the vehicle. The circuit is designed to reach avage speeds between 30 and 40 Km/h and it includes short straights, constant and variable radius corners, hairpin bends, slaloms and chicanes.
Endurance / Efficiency:
Evaluation of the overall performance of the car, along a track very similar to that of the autocross test, for a total of 22 Km.
In the same context as the endurance test, the judges draw a ranking based on energy efficiency in relation to fuel consumption.