Last week, the first week of August, the Formula Student Germany took place at the famous racing circuit Hockenheimring. The concept of the competition is simple: students build, as a team, a single-seat formula racecar with which they can compete against teams from all over the world.
To have a chance to be selected to compete and stand atop the podium, the teams have to equip themselves with professional software like they would if they work in the industry for all aspects of the competition. Indeed, it is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of engineering design, performance, costing as well as sales planning and the business case itself.
Using simulation to predict and evaluate the car performance before the prototype is built, is crucial to avoid losing time in the car conception. The 2019 edition is now over and winners in each category have been crowned, nevertheless, the teams can now start again the competition one year ahead of the 2020 edition.