Description of the competition

Formula Student is among the world’s most prestigious and well established academic motorsport competitions, whose goal it is to produce highly skilled undergraduates with hands on expertise in engineering, organisational, and managerial roles through participation in an innovative year-long project. The event began as Formula SAE in the United States in 1980, and has since grown to involve over four hundred universities, with official events being held in 10 countries around the globe, and many more competitive gatherings at other locations throughout the season.

Formula SAE encompasses all aspects of car manufacturing, including research, construction, testing, developing, marketing, management, and fund raising. Student teams from all over the world design, build, and race a small-scale formula-style racing car. This presents the engineers with the chance to put theory into practice in a dynamic and competitive environment.

Formula Student consistently and systematically produces experienced, knowledgable, capable engineers who are ready to turn their skills and passion towards the engineering challenges of the future.

A single Formula Student competition takes place over several days at some of the most famous and renowned racing tracks around the world, including Silverstone in the UK, the Hockenheimring in Germany, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain and the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The competition is divided into 2 categories: static events, which include the business presentation, costs analysis, and design evaluation and the dynamic events, which encompass the endurance race, the efficiency measurements, the autocross event, the acceleration test, and the skid pad. In total, a team can be awarded 1000 points if they place first in every individual event.

Class definition

There are two entry classes in Formula Student, designed to allow progressive learning.

Class 1
This is the main event, where teams compete with the cars they have designed and built. Teams are judged across 6 categories and must pass a rigorous inspection by judges before being allowed to compete for the dynamic events. There are usually 100-120 teams in this class.

Class 2
This is a concept class for teams who only have a project and plan for a Class 1 car. It can include any parts or work that has been completed in the project so far but this is not necessary. Teams are judged on business presentation, cost and design. Schools can enter both Class 1 and Class 2 cars, allowing Class 2 to be used for inexperienced students to practise their development in advance of a full Class 1 entry.


The cars are judged by industry specialists on the following criteria:

Static events
Engineering design (150 points)
Cost & sustainability analysis (100 points)
Business presentation (75 points)
Technical inspection (comprising 6 tests): safety, chassis, noise, tilt, brake, and tech (no points)

Dynamic events
Skidpad (figure of 8) (50 points)
1 km autocross/sprint (150 points)
75 m acceleration (75 points)
22 km endurance (300 points) and fuel economy (100 points)
The winner of the event is the team with the highest number of points out of a maximum of 1000.