The Formula Student competition is divided into two categories of events; Static and Dynamic events as well as a Technical Inspection (Often regarded as a static event).
Technical Inspection (No Points)
This event is all about safety. The car is thoroughly inspected to see if it complies with all the rules and regulations - and if it doesn't, the team has to fix the problem fast. Because although the event doesn't give any points, if the inspection isn't passed, the car is not allowed to participate in the Dynamic events.
The static events is about the Business regarding the construction of the racecar and it consists of 3 events:
Engineering Design (150 Points)
In the Design Report the students set their constructive solutions and their advantages out in writing. Eight pages of text and vehicle drawings are supposed to convince the judges of their construction and its qualities for the sales market of the nonprofessional weekend autocross racer. At the competition the judges examine the constructions and discuss them with the students. The scoring regards the Design Report, the answers in the discussion and the inspection of the car.
Cost and Manufacturing (100 Points)
Costs are an important factor for building a race car. Hence, the students deal with cost estimations, manufacturing techniques and processes in the Cost Event. The discipline consists of a written report (the Cost Report) and a discussion with the judges around the manufactured prototype. The Cost Report contains a list of all components - from wheels to process labour costs for special tools. The judging comprises the organisation of the Cost Report, the comprehension of manufacturing processes, the price and a real case task for reducing costs.
Business Presentation (75 Points)
The teams present their business plan for the built prototype to an assumed manufacturer - represented by the judges. With this business plan they want to convince them that their car meets the demands of the target group of the nonprofessional weekend autocross racer best, and that it can be produced and marketed profitably. The teams give a talk for ten minutes. Afterwards, the students answer the questions of the judges for five minutes. Content, structure, organisation and performance of the talk are judged as well as the answers the students give.
In the dynamic events the cars have to prove the road capability of the students' constructions on the race track. The disciplines demand different qualities. In each discipline two drivers have two runs (except in the endurance). The best run will be counted as the optimum the car can achieve.
Acceleration (75 Points)
The race cars prove their accelerating abilities over a distance of 75 meters. The fastest need less than 4 seconds.
Skid Pad (75 Points)
The cars drive on a figure 8 course. There are two consecutive laps on each circle with the second laps being timed. The cars demonstrate with a fast lap time how much lateral acceleration they can generate.
Autocross / Sprint (100 Points)
The course is about one kilometer through straights and curves. The lap time serves as indicator for driving dynamics and handling qualities. The results of the Autocross discipline determine the starting order of the Endurance.
Endurance (325 Point)
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.
Fuel efficiency (100 Point)
Fuel consumption is a considerable factor in the development of future cars. The calculation is based on an average per completed lap which enables an evaluation of teams that did not finish as well. However, the driver change has to have been completed. Teams that are more than a third slower than the fastest team as well as teams that use more than 5.72 litres in Endurance will not receive any points.