Student Challenge

The students are to assume that a manufacturing firm has engaged them to produce a prototype car for evaluation. The intended sales market is the non-professional weekend autocross or sprint racer, and the firm is planning to produce 1,000 cars per year at a cost below $25,000 (c £16,000, €21,000).

The car must be low in cost, easy to maintain, and reliable, with high performance in terms of its acceleration, braking, and handling qualities.

Each team will go through the following rigorous testing process of their car:

Static Events:
Design, Cost & Presentation Judging - High scoring part of competition
Technical & Safety Scrutineering
Tilt Test
Brake & Noise Test

Dynamic Events:
Skid Pad (Figure of 8)
Endurance & Fuel Economy

FS Team Tallinn in 2008 Formula Student Competition, Silverstone, UK.

Formula Student classes

You can compete in different classes in the British Formula Student competition, besides the main class (class I), there are several auxiliary classes described here. In other competitions, usually only the main class is defined. There are exceptions though, one example is for cars running on alternative fuels, for which there is a separate competition classes like the Formula Student Electric which is due to be launched in Germany, august 2010.

Competition classes for the British Formula Student contest:

Class 3 is intended for the new teams who do not have any previous experience in Formula Student style competition. It is for projects at the design and component validation stage. The overall concept of the car and detail construction of some basic components are needed to develop for participation in this class. Points are awarded for design, presentation and cost analyses.

Class 2 is meant to the teams who had developed and manufactured the basic components of the Formula Student car. The minimum entry requirement in this class is complete chassis. In general more complete vehicles get more points than less complete vehicles.

Class 1 is for a fully constructed and running vehicle as defined by the Formula Srtudent rules. Points are awarded for design, presentation, cost, acceleration, skidpad, sprint, endurance and fuel economy.

Class 1/200 is for further development of Class 1 cars Vehicles entered in this class will be judged and scored completely separately from the Class 1 vehicles, and be competing for the "Best Developed Car" Award.

Class 1A is a separate class for vehicles running on alternative fuels.