Formula Student is an international design- and racing competition for university students where the students have to design and construct a single-seat race car and compete against students from other universities. The competition gives students the opportunity to solve real world problems and thus gain experience that will come in handy after graduation.
Team Spark is the University of Iceland's Formula Student team. The team has participated in the Formula Student competition at Silverstone yearly since 2011.
The team consists of 46 students coming from different engineering departments at the University of Iceland. Our disciplines are different but by working together we can utilize the knowledge we have acquired from our studies to solve real and multidisciplinary projects.
The team is divided into 7 groups: Management, Drivetrain, Chassis, Suspension, Aerodynamics, Electric and Operations. Each team member has a responsibility and is an essential part of the project. In the design groups each member oversees the design and production of a single component of the car.
Team Spark publishes a monthly newsletter where we go over the events of past months. Read the newsletters here.
In 1981 the first competition was organized by the SAE in the United States. Today there are competitions held in 6 different countries in Europe and on 3 continents. The participants total almost 15,000.
Team Spark is now competing on behalf of the University of Iceland for the fourth consecutive year at the Silverstone track in England. The competition is organized by IMechE, in collaboration with the SAE, but it has been held yearly since 1999.
The competition consists of so-called static and dynamic events. There are a total of 1,000 points available and they are divided as shown below. The judges are well known figures from the automotive industry and Formula One
Design Presentation (150 points):
The team presents its design, technical aspects and analyses to the judges.
Cost- and Production Presentation (100 points):
Cost-, production- and sustainability plans are presented.
Business Presentation (75 points):
A business plan is presented to convince potential investors of a profitable business idea.
Acceleration (100 points):
Race on a 75 meter track with a standing start.
Skid-Pad (75 points):
The lateral acceleration is tested on a track shaped like an eight.
Autocross (125 points):
A race on a track where the car with the fastest lap time wins.
Efficiency (100 points):
The car's energy consumption is measured and compared to the total time in the endurance event.
Endurance (275 points):
A 22 km race including a change of driver after 11 km.