HAN Formula Student (HFS) was officially founded in March 2015. The team consists of highly motivated and ambitious students from all over the world. Their mission is to build a fully functional and competitive formula style race car to compete in the Formula SAE design competition. The concept behind Formula SAE Competition is that a fictional manufacturing company has contracted a student design team to develop a small Formula-style race car.
The prototype race car is to be evaluated for its potential as a production item. The target group for the race car are non-professional weekend autocross racers. Each student team designs, builds and tests a prototype based on a series of rules, the purpose of which is both ensuring on-track safety and promoting clever problem solving.
Formula Student is regarded as a prestigious competition which gives students real-world experience in engineering, management, business operations and working with people with a variety of cultural backgrounds. With over 3000 motivated and talented students participating in FSG. In the first year, HFS attended Formula Student Germany (FSG), where we did an admirable job. Out of 115 teams, HFS placed 50th overall, managing to complete all the activities in the event. Which happens to be a great achievement for any team’s first attempt! In 2017 HFS attended Formula Student Netherlands for the first time, and also contested FSG again.
At FSG we placed 55th with a completely new car. Although this position is not as impressive as the 1st place, it is a real step-up from the previous year.
How it all started
In October 2014 several Automotive Engineering students from the English Bachelor went to the FISITA World Automotive Congress in Maastricht, the Netherlands. At this congress the students spoke to some Formula Student teams. They concluded that their University was lacking a possibility for them to join an international team in which they could put all the theory learned during classes into practice. After preparing a detailed team structure the students presented their plans to the Director and teachers of HAN Automotive. It was a major success and a new team was constructed.
In the very beginning the HAN Formula Student team had 45 members from several faculties of HAN University of Applied Sciences. In total there were 24 different nationalities participating in the team.
FSAE Points Allocation
The competition is build up from two main parts: Static and Dynamic events. Static half includes the Business presentation, cost judging and design judging. All static events are there to teach the students how to tackle certain problems as if they would work for a real company. Business presentation requires a plan of actions of your fictional company which should be profitable. The second static event is the cost judging. During this event the students need to show that they designed a great performing car at low costs, which is easier said than done. Last but not least, the design judging. This event requires students to explain their design choices made during the year to experts from the industry.
The dynamic events, which are split up in five categories, are there to test the performance of the car. Firstly, the acceleration event in which the car needs to accelerate as fast as possible over 75 meters straight track. The second dynamic event is the skid-pad. During the skid-pad the concerning capabilities of the car are tested by driving a figure 8. Next comes the autocross which is combination of the previous two. This event will test the drivability of the vehicle. The last event is also a combination but of the endurance and fuel efficiency. This dynamic event requires to driving as fast as possible over a 22 km track. It tests the performance, drivability, and especially the reliability of the vehicle. During this race the energy consumption of the car is measured. This gives you the fifth dynamic score.