What is Formula Student?

Formula Student, or Formula SAE (acronym Society of Automotive Engineering), is an International design competition for students. The roots of Formula SAE can be trace from Austin, Texas when SAE students from University of Texas generated a concept for competition between universities and colleges. The main goal of the event is to design, develop, and build a race car. And so, in 1980, the first Formula SAE were held.

By expanding to other countries and continents, the competition now has several organisers and is also known under the two above mentioned names.

The concept behind this event is a fictitious production company that hires a student team to develop a small-scale Formula-style racing car. The target group of this product would be a non-professional weekend driver. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype that is based on rules that on the one hand guarantee safety on the circuit and on the other promoting clever problem solving.

The main focus of Formula Student is to build a fast car, but also not expensive to build. Additionally, there are other factors that also being judge such as:

  • Aesthetics
  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Ergonomics
  • Maintainability
  • Manufacturability

In addition, the team only consist of active student of the university, including the driver of the car

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