ABOUT FORMULA STUDENT
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.
THE FORMULA STUDENT CHALLENGE
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.
- Design, Cost and Sustainability, and Business Presentation Judging
- Technical and Safety Scrutineering
- Tilt Test
- Brake and Noise Test
- Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
- Fuel Economy
Statement from FSUK regarding the 2017 rules
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.