Origin : The Formula SAE competition was created in 1981 by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the USA. Rather than only being a driver’s competition, it aimed at rewarding the best designs created by teams. The educational interest is undeniable; students can apply in a real-world and very complex problem all that they had learned in the classroom. 6 teams registered for the very first edition.
Since then, the Formula SAE has taken a lot of momentum with more than 600 teams registered worldwide. 10 competitions are organized in 8 countries and 3 continents. 33 nationalities are represented in the competition. Some competitions are estimated to generate more than a Million euros of media coverage.
The Formula SAE/Student is recognized worldwide for its huge educational interest. Students participate in a hard, complex, and unforgiving adventure. They learn a lot about the technical aspects of the car but also, they learn what it means to work in a team during a very challenging project. The rules are strict but allow a freedom of engineering unique to Formula Student. Cars are very different in their conception and manufacturing and students can compare many techniques.Official Page
The competition is split in static and dynamic events. Static events are used to judge the potential of the teams and the design of their cars. The Formula Student Competition is part of a role play where every team represents a fictional company. Teams must study the market and define a strategy for their company and their car. They must respect this strategy in the conception of their car and in any static event.
Dynamic events are used to judge the pure performance and reliability of the car. Each event tests a specific aspect of the car. Many World Records have been set during these events.