A self-made race car
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Formula Student - from University to the Racetrack

Formula Student forms a connection between the “dull” theory learned at university and the practical experience gained on and beside the race track. The individual student teams plan, design, and construct their own one-seater racing cars for a fictional manufacturing company.

Formula Student competitions run over several days and cover 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 reports, business plans and cost calculations. These are then judged by experts from the automotive industry.

The first Formula Student event took place in 1981, when the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) founded the “Formula SAE” in the U.S.A. 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.

Our Sponsorship

Depending on the countries we support teams in several ways. We offer workshops, knowledge transfer and also our innovations and technologies. Regarding the Formula Student Germany event, Continental AG is one of the main sponsors. In addition to this, the company supports a number of student teams. The teams receive both technical expertise and high-quality products from Continental AG.

A number of our employees are also in a great position to build up a detailed picture of the innovative strengths,  technical skills and interests of the students. As judges for individual sub-disciplines, they assess the Formula Student teams at the Hockenheimring, one of the biggest events in Germany.

Automated Driving in Focus

In 2017, there was an exciting novelty: The Formula Student Germany launched a new competition for autonomous racing cars - Formula Student Driverless. For the first time, self-driving vehicles were standing at the starting line including Driverless teams sponsored by Continental. For more information, please have a look here.