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Formula Student

With 40,000 participants from around 500 teams, the Formula Student is the largest engineering competition in the world. The goal is to design, manufacture and test a Formula racing car within one year. The teams then compete against each other in Hockenheim, Spielberg, Silverstone and on many other racetracks.

A distinction is made between three classes. In the beginning, only combustion engines were used, since 2010 electric motors are allowed. In addition to the Combustion and Electric classes, the Driverless class has been available since 2017. e-gnition Hamburg competes with its two racing cars in the Electric and Driverless classes.

Since the Formula Student is a design competition, it was divided into static and dynamic disciplines, each of which places different demands on the team and the car. The static disciplines test the understanding of the construction as well as the manufacturing processes, but also economic decisions. In the dynamic disciplines, acceleration, cornering, top performance and endurance of the vehicle are put to the test.


Static disciplines

  • Design Event: 
    Presenting and defending constructive decisions and project management to a jury of experienced engineers.

  • Cost & Manufacturing Event: 
    Fictitious list of costs for serial production of the car. The students must also show that they have an understanding of cost factors, risk management and financial planning.

  • Businessplan Presentation: 
    Pitch for a fictitious company that you build to market your racing car.


Dynamic Disciplin​es

  • Acceleration: 
    Acceleration race on a length of 75m.

  • Skid Pad: 
    Test of the cornering ability of the racing car in the form of an eight. The left circle must be driven twice and the right circle twice. Then the times are averaged.

  • Autocross: 
    A sprint with many tight corners, where both the cornering position and acceleration of the car as well as the skill of the driver are important.

  • Endurance: 
    Endurance race on 22km in two stages. After 11km the car has to be switched off and the driver has to be changed.

  • Efficiency: 
    Evaluates the energy consumption via the Endurace.