The Competition

The competition consists of universities from around the world and takes place over 4 days. The events that are judged are as follows:

Static Events

Engineering Design (150 Points) – Students explain their constructive solutions to a jury of experts from the automotive and motorsport industries in report and discussion. The concept of the design is to evaluate the engineering effort that went into the design of the car and how the engineering meets the intent of the market. The car that illustrates the best use of engineering to meet the design goals and the best understanding of the design by the team members will win the design event.

Cost Analysis (100 Points) – The students are to assume that a serial production of 1000 cars a year will follow the prototype. The cost calculation is discussed with a jury based on a report. The objective of the event is for the participants to learn and understand the manufacturing techniques and processes of some of the components that they have chosen to purchase rather than fabricate themselves.

Business Presentation (75 Points) – The objective is to evaluate the team’s ability to develop and deliver a comprehensive business case that will convince the executives of a pseudo manufacturing firm that the team’s design best meets the demands of the amateur weekend competition market and that it can be profitably manufactured and marketed.

Dynamic Events

Acceleration (75 Points) – The cars are evaluated on their ability to accelerate from a standing start over a distance of 75m.

Skidpad (50 Points) – The car’s cornering ability is tested while making constant radius turns. The cars are timed as they navigate the figure 8 shaped course.

Autocross (150 Points) – The objective is to evaluate the car’s maneuverability and handling capabilities as it navigates through a complex course full of tight corners. Drivers are also tested on their ability to adapt to new courses in only two separate timed laps. This event also determines qualifications for the Endurance event.

Endurance (300 Points) – During the endurance event, the cars must prove their reliability in a 22km race. The race demands the utmost concentration of two drivers who switch driving half way through and tests the car through every way possible. No cars may be worked on or touched other than to make minor driver adjustments.

Fuel Economy (100 Points) – This event coincides with the Endurance event. Before beginning the Endurance event, all cars are filled with fuel. After the race, the cars must immediately refuel and the amount of fuel used is recorded. The fuel quantity used in combination with lap times is used to calculate the fuel efficiency of the racer.