The Formula SAE is an international design contest, taking annually place at 8 different locations. Since 20 years this event is staged in the United States and since 1998 in Europe. Students from more than 400 universities around the globe are partaking in this design contest.
The fundamental idea of the Formula Student is the assumption that a company has assigned the student teams to build a prototype of a racing car for hobby drivers which has to be conceived for a production of 1000 cars annually. This vehicle has to fulfill certain requirements. Consequently the contest is conceived that all aspects of the car are taken under survey, starting from the construction concept, as well as cost calculation and practical effectiveness. Accordingly to that the Contest is split into dynamic and static contests.
Judges, sent from the F1 and the automotive industry, are judging the technical performance of the racing cars in the dynamic contest. At the static contest the team performance in innovation and creativity as well as economical resources are judged. Totally 1000 points can be achieved in 8 different contests. The assessment is under the control of strict regulations, which are giving the overall conditions for the concept and construction of the vehicle.