Formula Student Germany


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  • Germany


Students build a single seat formula racecar with which they can compete against teams from all over the world. The competition is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, and financial and sales planning.


The Formula Student Germany competition runs over several days and covers a range of disciplines. In addition to competing in the technical categories of acceleration, handling and endurance, the teams also draw up and present their own design, business plans and cost calculations. These are then judged by experts from the automotive industry.

The first Formula Student took place in 1981, when the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) founded the "Formula SAE" in the USA. This was soon followed by races in England, Italy, Japan and Brazil. In Germany, the Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Association of German Engineers, VDI) set up the Formula Student Germany competition. It all began in 2005 with a pre-event at the Harz-Ring in Aschersleben/Leipzig. In 2006, the design competition moved to the Hockenheimring, where it has been held ever since.

We realize that the future of the automobile is very much dependent on the application and innovative skills of the next generation of engineers. As a supplier of brake systems, powertrain and chassis systems and components, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires, and technical elastomers, Continental AG contributes to enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Formula Student provides the participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their interdisciplinary skills. During the construction of their one-seater race cars, the young engineers acquire skills in design and business studies. In addition to this, a large international project like Formula Student hones the social skills that we look for in all our employees.

Formula Student challenges the team members to go the extra step in their education by incorporating into it intensive experience in building and manufacturing as well as considering the economic aspects of the automotive industry. Teams take on the assumption that they are a manufacturer developing a prototype to be evaluated for production. The target audience is the non-professional Weekend-Racer. The racecar must show very good driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking and handling. It should be offered at a very reasonable cost and be reliable and dependable. Additionally, the car's market value increases through other factors such as aesthetics, comfort and the use of readily available, standard purchase components. 

The challenge the teams face is to compose a complete package consisting of a well constructed racecar and a sales plan that best matches these given criteria. The decision is made by a jury of experts from the motorsport, automotive and supplier industries. The jury will judge every team's car and sales plan based on construction, cost planning and sales presentation. The rest of the judging will be done out on the track, where the students demonstrate in a number of performance tests how well their self-built racecars fare in their true environment.

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Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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Continental AG is one of the main sponsors of Formula Student Germany. In addition to this, the company supports a number of student teams in different ways. The teams receive both technical expertise and high-quality products from Continental AG. A number of the Continental employees are also in a great position to build up a detailed image of the students innovative strengths, technical skills and interests – as judges for individual sub-disciplines they assess the Formula Student teams at the Hockenheimring.

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