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Formula Student (FS) is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition. Backed by industry and high-profile engineers such Patron, Ross Brawn OBE, the competition aims to develop enterprising and innovative young engineers and encourage more young people to take up a career in engineering.

The format of the event is such that it provides an ideal opportunity for the students to test, demonstrate and improve their capabilities to deliver a complex and integrated product in the demanding environment of a motorsport competition.

The project usually forms part of a degree-level project and is viewed by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet, transitioning them from university to the workplace. It is a kite-mark for real-world engineering experience.

Each year hundreds of competitors attend our Learn To Win events, which are aimed at competitors to help teams get their cars ready for the next competition.


As a student, taking part in Formula Student gives you the chance to demonstrate your technical, engineering design, and manufacturing skills.

You will also learn important lessons on team working, time management, project management, budgeting and presentation: all things that any prospective employer will be looking for.

Formula Student graduates also find that the professionalism they gain as practising engineers means they are well equipped for their future engineering careers.

Your team is tasked to produce a prototype for a single-seat race car for autocross or sprint racing, and present it to a hypothetical manufacturing firm. The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities. During the competition your team must demonstrate the logic behind your proposal and must be able to demonstrate that it can support a viable business model for both parties.

Each team goes through a rigorous testing process.

Static Events:

  • Design, Cost and Sustainability, and Business Presentation Judging
  • Technical and Safety Scrutineering
  • Tilt Test
  • Brake and Noise Test

Dynamic Events:

  • Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
  • Sprint
  • Acceleration
  • Endurance
  • Fuel Economy


The final versions of Class 1 and Class 2 rules are now available, so make sure you download the updates and save copies for your records.  We recommend deleting old versions, just to be safe!

Statement from FSUK regarding the 2017 rules

Read the full statement concerning the rules for the 2017 season.

Class 2 Guidance

View additional guidance on competing in Class 2 from Neill Anderson, Head Design Judge.


All rules questions need to be submitted via the FS Question Database. Before submitting a question, browse the previously asked questions section to ensure your query hasn’t already been answered. You may also want to check the Formula SAE Rules forum and FSAE FAQs.

2016 rules

The rules for Formula Student 2016 can be found below for reference:

FSAE 2016 Rules

2016 Class 1 FS Rules

2016 Class 2 FS Rules

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