Formula Student Germany (FSG) is an international design competition for students that has been held annually since 2006 by Formula Student Germany e.V. under the patronage of The Association of German Engineers. Every year, students from all over the world meet for five days at the Hockenheimring to test their self-constructed racing cars against each other in a Formula 1 atmosphere. The event also provides them with an opportunity to showcase their work to experts from the industry. The aim is to construct and manufacture a single-seat formula racing car and compete and win against teams from all over the world. At Formula Student, however, it isn’t the fastest car that wins, but the team with the best overall blend of design, race performance, financial planning, and sales arguments.
The aim of Formula Student is to supplement university studies with intensive experience in design and production as well as the economic aspects of automotive engineering. For instance, the race car must have excellent driving characteristics in terms of acceleration, braking force, and handling; at the same time, it must be inexpensive, reliable, and easy to operate. Its market value is further increased by other factors such as aesthetics, comfort, and the use of standard production parts.
The challenge for the teams is to design and build a prototype that best meets these requirements. A jury of experts from the motorsport, automotive, and supplier industries determine the best vehicle by evaluating the construction, cost, and business plans of each team in the static disciplines. The students then have to prove their self-constructed car’s abilities on the racetrack in various dynamic disciplines.