Formula Student Competition
The Formula Student competition challenges teams of university students from around the world to design and manufacture a high-performance single seater racecar for the autocross market and compete at the Silverstone Circuit that tests acceleration, braking, handling, reliabilty and maintainability of the cars. The car must also be designed in mind of manufacture and thus a profitable business plan must be constructed in order to attract investors such as manufacturing companies or venture capitalists to supply funding necessary to make the car a financial success.
The competition is split into two classes allowing both seasoned Formula Student universities and newcomers the chance to compete.
Class 1 is the feature class where teams build cars to compete in static judging along with dynamic performance and efficiency events on the Silverstone circuit to showcase all the abilities of their car. From 2012 the previous class 1A will compete in the main class now consisting of Petrol, E85, Electric, Hybrid and Hydrogen powered cars.
Formula Student Events
Static Events (for 375 points)
- Cost & Sustainability (100pts): This features three parts: the cost report (40pts) which is submitted before the event which details the cost of each component and estimates the cost of taking the car to production, discussion with judges on the day (40pts), and responding to a “real case” scenario produced by the judges on the day (20pts).
- Business Presentation (75pts): The team has to give a 10 minute presentation to the judges (acting as the executives of a company) on the design merits of the car and why it is good value for money. There is then a 5 minute Q&A session as the team representatives have to answer the major questions that an executive would ask in terms of the car’s feasibility.
- Design (200pts): This event includes a design report and spec sheet submitted before the event which documents the major design decisions involved in the Formula Student project, and also a presentation with the car at the event. This includes all the main areas of the car and will also delve deeper into the specific components within these main areas.
The following additional tests must be completed before the car is allowed to compete in the dynamic events: Technical and Safety Scruitineering, Tilt Test, Brake and Noise Test.
Dynamic Events: Saturday (300pts)
In each event, each team gets 4 runs (2 per driver), with the fastest run counting towards their overall Class score:
- Acceleration (100pts): 75m straight line test on the Silverstone National pit straight, time limit 5.8s.
- Skid Pad (75pts): 4 laps of a 17m diameter circle testing cornering abilities. 2 right-hand laps and 2 left-hand laps. Time taken as average of right & left 2nd laps, time limit 6.184s (0.9G) average.
- Sprint (125pts): 1km autocross circuit testing handling and driver skill, including constant radius corners, chicanes and hairpins. Penalities for clipping cones (2 sec) or going off-course (20 sec), time limit 125%. The results from this then set the running order for the endurance event.
Dynamic Events: Sunday (325pts)
- Endurance (225pts): A 22km endurance run on a similar autocross circuit to the sprint event, with a driver change after 11km. 50pts are gained from finishing inside time limit of 145%.
- Fuel Economy (100pts):Top points are awarded for the least energy consumed during the endurance test. Up to 100 points can be deducted from the endurance score for a fuel economy figure worse than 26L/100km.
Each driver can compete in three dynamic events with each event needing two drivers (with endurance counting as double); there can only be a minimum of four drivers to complete all events across the weekend.
Class 2 is for newer FS teams to be judged on their design and select manufactured components in the static events, allowing them to learn about FS before committing to building a full car the following year.