Formula Student is the world's largest design competition for students, with competitions being held all over the globe every year. Formula Student traces its roots back to Formula SAE, which was founded in 1981 in Texas. The original concept behind the competition was that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style race car. This car has to be designed, build, tested and driven by students, with every year a new car. The focus of the competition is on the design process of the car, promoting clever problem-solving and well-organized teams, resulting in the engineers of the future.
Formula SAE made its way to Europe in 1998, and Formula Student was contested in the UK. Twenty years later, the competition has become worldwide. Every year, Formula Student events are staged in countries including Germany, the UK, Austria, Hungary, the Netherlands, and over 700 other teams participating in the sport.The competition has expanded beyond its initial intent, and teams are now evaluated on more factors than just speed, including building methods, financial planning, team dynamics, and sales pitches.
Formula Student Electric, a new class specifically for electric vehicles, was launched in 2010. With the URE05e, URE was among the first teams to enter the new class, and it has been participating in this class ever since. The following invention, a class for driverless vehicles called Formula Student Driverless, was created by Formula Student in 2017. URE began working on its own initiative to create an autonomous race car last year. We will also be competing in this division for the first time next year!