09/02/2019

Ready. Set. Go. Formula Student 2019

FSG 2019
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118 student teams with up to 60 members each

The 14th Formula Student Germany (FSG), one of Europe’s premier engineering competitions, took place at Hockenheim on August 5 through 11, 2019. Read on to learn more about FSG and this year’s winning teams.

Formula Student is an international engineering competition for students. They plan, design, build and market a single-seat prototype race car over the course of a year and compete against each other in competitions all over the world. Stepping up to tackle automotive engineering, manufacturing and business challenges, they gain real-world experience working in a team and managing time and projects while still at university. This year, 118 teams with up to 60 members each from all over the world took part in the Formula Student Germany.

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The categories and disciplines

Three categories of cars compete – combustion, electric and driverless vehicles. Each category’s entrants vie for supremacy in static disciplines and dynamic trials. The static events serve to assess each team’s engineering design, cost analysis and business plan. The remainder of the competition takes place on the track, where teams demonstrate their racers’ dynamic capabilities. Events include speed trials to determine their acceleration over 75 meters and a skid pad to assess lateral acceleration. In the autocross trial, teams are pitted against each other to qualify for the premier event, the endurance test, which goes to assess the vehicle’s performance over 22 kilometers. It is also a test of fuel efficiency.

In the final reckoning, though, this is not just about speed. The big-picture combination of the car’s design, performance and the team’s budgeting also matters. The greater challenge for these teams is to put together a complete package of the best-designed race car and the most viable business plan.

Formula Student Germany 2019: ETAS sponsored the winners

This year’s Formula Student Germany took place on August 5 through 11, 2019. The tournament got underway on Friday, August 9, with the skid pad test and the jury assessing the teams’ designs and cost analyses. The judges then measured the cars’ acceleration. Technical inspections and the autocross trial followed on Friday and Saturday. Sunday was devoted to the marquee event, the endurance test.

The jury announced the winners on Sunday evening. The Esslingen UAS team took the title in the combustion engine category. The TU Munich team claimed the trophy for the best electric motor, while the Zurich ETH team finished first in the driverless competition. Congratulations to all winners. We are particularly proud to be a sponsor of the winners in the combustion and driverless categories. ETAS provided software, hardware, technical support and advice, and conducted business plan workshops for close to 30 teams.

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Some eventgoers wished to learn more about ETAS. Others just wanted to take a break from all the hustle and bustle with a refreshing cold drink or hot coffee. All found what they were looking for at our ETASbluebox. A real eye-catcher, this shipping container had been custom-converted for use as an ETAS booth. Students and visitors stopped by to experience ETAS products in action in an ETAS ASCMO demo, talk shop about our tech to ETAS employees and check out our job wall. Those who spun the wheel of fortune or took us up on various challenges had the chance to win ETAS promotional gifts. One such challenge was to put together a compelling Instagram post with the #ETASbluebox hash tag, the reward being our popular ETAS cap, a limited edition of which is available at every Hockenheim event. This event also saw the debut of our FSG mascot, the #ETASblueboxman.