At Formula Student Germany the teams compete in 3 Static and 5 Dynamic disciplines.

Discipline

FSC, FSE          FSD
Statics

         

Business Plan          75 points75 points
Cost and Manufacturing100 points100 points
Engineering Design150 points150 points
Dynamics










Acceleration75 points75 points
Skid Pad75 points75 points
Autocross100 points100 points
Endurance325 points---
Track Drive---250 points
Efficiency100 points75 points
Overall
1000 points
1000 points

--- Static Events ---

The  Formula  Student  Germany  competition  is  designed  to  introduce  the  participating  students  to  the  interdisciplinary approach of today’s automotive  industry.  This  not  only  includes  technical    understanding,    but    also    economic   and   communication   abilities  such  as  presentation  techniques  or financial planning skills. This is why the three static events demand collaboration across the team in the areas of design  and  layout,  construction,  marketing  and  pricing  of  a  product.  They  also require specialised expertise from different technical and financial courses  of  study.  Each individual event  is  weighted  differently.  A  panel  of experienced experts from the automobile, motorsport, and supply industries  judge  the  performance  of  each  team.

Engineering Design Event (FSC, FSD, FSE)

At the start of the engineering design competition,  the  students  must  hand  in an eight-page technical description of  their  car. FSD teams must additionally provide a maximum five-page description about the autonomous system. The documents must  show  both  their  design  and  how  the  design  will  be  applied  to  their  chosen  construction.  On  the  basis  of  these  documents,  the  members  of  the  jury  will  evaluate  the  layout,  technical  design,  construction  and implementation of the production of  the  actual  vehicle.  Then,  there  will  be  a  discussion  where  the  teams  are  questioned  by  the  judges.  These  discussions  focus  on  clarifying  technical  details,  exploring  the  thinking  behind  the  chosen  design,  as  well  as  the  corresponding   technical   understanding   of the students. The evaluation will not only assess the quality of the technical solution  in  question  but  also  the  reasons behind it.

Maximum scores: FSC, FSE: 150 points; FSD: 300 points

Cost and Manufacturing (FSC, FSD, FSE)

Cost is a decisive factor in the design of  any  product.  In  the  cost  analysis  event,  the  teams  must  grapple  with  the  calculative  size  of  the  vehicle,  its  components,  and  the  necessary  manufacturing steps and record all of this in  a  written  cost  report.  The  students  must  then  answer  questions  from  the  judges  relating  to  the  cost  report  on  their  prototype.  In  addition  to  considering the thoroughness of the written report,  the  students’  understanding  of the manufacturing process and the total cost calculation will be assessed.

Maximum scores: 100 points

Business Presentation (FSC, FSD, FSE)

Each team presents their business plan for the constructed prototype to a fictitious company represented by judges. During a ten minute presentation, the team must demonstrate why their design best fulfils the demands of their target group and show how their design can be successfully marketed. The presentation will be followed by a five minute discussion and question round with the judges. In this event the content, structure, and editing of the pres-entation, as well as the team‘s performance in delivering it, will be evaluated alongside their answers to the panel‘s questions.

Maximum scores: 75 points

--- Dynamic Events ---

The  cars  that  the  students  design  will  not only be assessed when stationary. Their  performance  on  the  racetrack  will  also  be  put  to  the  test.  Each  dynamic event tests different features of the  vehicles.  In  addition  to  the  maximum longitudinal and lateral acceleration, race performance, efficiency and endurance  of  the  formula  cars  will  be  examined  and  evaluated.  For  the  Acceleration,  Skid  Pad  and  Autocross  events,  each  car  starts  with  two  drivers,  each  of  whom  is  allowed  two  at-tempts. The best attempt is the one on which  the  car  will  be  scored.

Acceleration (FSC, FSD, FSE)

The vehicle‘s acceleration from a standing start is measured over a 75 metre straight. In addition to trac-tion, the correct engine design is especially important, either in terms of greater power or for the highest possible torque. The fastest cars cross the line in less than four seconds and can reach speeds of over 100 km/h by the end of the stretch.

Maximum score: 75 points

Skid Pad (FSC, FSD, FSE)

During the Skid Pad event, the cars must drive a figure of 8 circuit lined with track cones, performing two laps of each circle. In each case, the sec-ond lap will be measured. The lap time gives a comparative value for the maximum possible lateral acceleration of the car. Most of the cars use aerodynamics to raise the contact pressure and thus, increase lateral acceleration. As with all the dynamic events, knocking over any of the cones results in a time penalty.

Maximum score: 75 points

Autocross (FSC, FSD, FSE)

In the autocross event, the FSC and FSE cars traverse  a  kilometre-long, the FSD cars traverse a 500 meter track  with  straights, curves, and chicanes. A fast lap time is a sign of high driving dynamics, precise handling and good acceleration and braking ability. Once again, time penalties occur for those who knock over any cones. The autocross rankings decide the starting positions for the endurance competition that follows.

Maximum score: 100 points

Endurance (FSC, FSE)

Providing the highest number of points, the Endurance is the main discipline. Over a distance of 22 kilometers the cars have to prove their durability under long-term conditions. Acceleration, speed, handling, dynamics, fuel economy, reliability ‒ the cars have to prove it all. The Endurance also demands handling skills of the driver because there can be up to four cars on the track at the same time. Each team has only one attempt, the drivers change after 11 kilometers.

Maximum score: 325 points

Track Drive (FSD)

Providing the highest number of dynamic points, the track drive is beside the engineering design event one of the main discipline. Over a distance of 10 rounds the cars have to prove their durability under long-term conditions. The cars must complete the distance in one stint. Cones will not be re-placed.

Maximum score: 250 points

Efficiency (FSC, FSD, FSE)

During the endurance race (FSC, FSE) and track drive event (FSD), fuel consumption (combustion cars) or energy consumption (electric cars) is precisely recorded. However, the absolute fuel and energy consumption is not what is used to calculate the efficiency score, but rather the consumption relative to speed. This is to prevent teams from driving particularly slowly in the en-durance competition in order to score as highly as possible in the efficiency category.

Maximum score: FSC, FSE: 100 points; FSD: 75 points