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BMW Group x Formula Student.
Formula Student is an international design competition in which students from all over the world pursue the goal of designing and producing a single-seater formula racing car as a team and then competing in various international events. The BMW Group is not only a founding member of the German event Formula Student Germany, but has also been one of the main sponsors of the competition since its foundation in 2006.
In the course of the development process, the students constantly have to face new challenges while going through similar or even the same processes of the automotive industry. This gives the participants a unique opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in a practical context.
In order to emerge as the winning team, it is not only crucial how the self-designed vehicle performs on the race track, but also whether the students can convince the jury of the overall package consisting of design, performance, sales presentation, costs and business plan.
BMW GROUP VOICES.
"Whether in R&D, IT or production, engineers play a central role at the BMW Group. Only with sound theoretical and practical know-how can we achieve our visions for sustainable mobility. That's why we're always looking for technically skilled students to apply their skills in challenging work environments."
Head of HR Marketing & Employer Branding BMW Group.
"During my Electrical Engineering studies at the University of Applied Sciences Munich I was part of the municHMotorsport team. As Technical Manager, I was responsible for the development of the municHMotorsport autonomous Formula Student racing car. Looking back, it was an exhausting but above all enjoyable time that paved the way for my career at BMW.
Bottom line: Formula Student = one of the best decisions of my life!"
Development Driver Assistance Systems, former Team municHMotorsport Technical Manager & FSG Engineering Design Judge.
"Formula Student is the breeding ground for passionate engineers with a deep technical understanding. The experience of getting your own product on the road gives you a head start over the average graduate. As an Engineering Design judge it is great to see how the teams come up with innovative designs and push the envelope to a new level. Talking to students at the Formula Student competition underlines the passion and deep technical knowledge the students have."
Structural Design Engineer High Voltage Battery & FSG Engineering Design Judge.
"Diverse experiences, accumulated knowledge and lived ups-and-downs that you bring from Formula Student are the most valuable prerequisite to master an entry into today's fast-paced and complex working world. The key to success within Formula Student is that all these aspects are managed by the students in interdisciplinary teams and in constant discourse."
Assisted Cross Guidance & FSG Engineering Design Judge.
"It's impressive to see how the teams combine their diverse skills, enthusiasm and commitment to construct a race-ready vehicle in such a short period of time that is fun to drive on the track and has some quite impressive innovations."
BMW Works Driver & DTM Champion.
In 2023, our team AMZ Racing reclaims the Guinness World Record for the "Fastest 0-100 km/h acceleration of an electric car"! The breathtaking success beats the previous record by around 0.5 seconds and is also the first time that an electric vehicle has broken the one-second barrier. In 12.3 metres and 0.956 seconds, the vehicle named "mythen" accelerated to 100 km/h.
THE TEAMS WE SPONSOR.
The BMW Group not only supports Formula Student Germany, but is also involved in a long-term commitment as the main sponsor for three student teams. In addition to financial support, the teams are also supported through mentoring, know-how and access to manufacturing technologies.
The close cooperation gives us direct access to highly qualified and motivated talents from areas such as electrification, lightweight construction, software development or sensor technology. Another positive effect: technologies and innovations developed by the teams can be adopted by the BMW Group.
Since the Academic Motorsport Club Zurich (AMZ) was founded in 2006 by students of ETH Zurich, it has produced a prototype every year to participate in various Formula Student competitions in Europe. After three cars with combustion engines, AMZ has been building electric racing cars since 2010. AMZ is the first Swiss team in Formula Student and one of the most successful teams over the past few years.
Elbflorace e.V., Dresden's only Formula Student team, was founded in 2006 out of pure enthusiasm for racing. Starting with a small group of 20 founding members and four subsequent combustion engines, the team has been oriented towards the advanced technologies of e-mobility since 2011. With the integration of the autonomous system, the team has also been present in the "Driverless Vehicle" category since 2017.
All of this is only possible thanks to the cooperation of the various fields of work in the Dresden team. Because here, business, mechanical engineering, computer science, mechatronics, information systems technology and electrical engineering combine to form one big whole. Driven by one engine, the passion for something great.
Since 2005, Team municHMotorsport has been working on the design, construction and manufacture of racing cars. Every year they conceive and develop new prototypes, using innovative technologies to bring their visions to life. The municHMotorsport team invests a significant amount of their spare time in this project and are highly motivated: Some of them enjoy the craft, others the design of sophisticated components.
#passionworks is what unites them – passion to achieve their common goal.
FORMULA STUDENT GERMANY | AUGUST 2023
From 14 to 20 August, we were represented at Formula Student Germany. BMW works driver Bruno Spengler was available for talks at our BMW stand and visited our teams in the paddock. In addition, our mentors once again supported the event as judges. Our teams were able to improve their vehicle performance compared to last year. AMZ Racing won the Engineering Design category and achieved 2nd place overall with a great team performance!
MAISACH TEST EVENT | JUNE 2023
On 19 June, we invited our three Formula Student teams to test their cars at our BMW M Driving Academy in Maisach. For the teams, the event is an important step and a unique opportunity to test their self-developed cars under real conditions, with which they will participate in several competitions including the Formula Student Germany at the Hockenheimring in August.
Our mentors as well as BMW works driver and DTM Champion Bruno Spengler were also on site to exchange knowledge with the team members and gave input on the current status of the vehicles.
FIZ DESIGN EVENT | MARCH 2023
On 20 and 21 March, our three Formula Student teams municHMotorsport, AMZ Racing and Elbflorace were our guests in Munich. During the presentation of their vehicles at the BMW Research and Development Centre (FIZ), they had the opportunity to get in touch with colleagues from the BMW Group and benefited from the technical exchange with our mentors, who supported them with valuable know-how.
In addition, the team members took part in expert discussions on the topics of battery technology, automated driving and recruiting. The two days concluded with a visit to the BMW Welt and a tour of the BMW Group plant in Munich.
FORMULA STUDENT GERMANY HOCKENHEIMRING | AUGUST 2022
The BMW Group looks back on a successful week at Formula Student Germany at the Hockenheimring. The company once again supported three university teams, which competed in the Electric and Driverless disciplines from 16th to 22nd August.
ENTRY OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS.
Do you want to gain your first professional experience during your studies and take on responsibility for exciting tasks? Then you are guaranteed to find challenging and versatile opportunities with us to actively shape the sustainable mobility of the future.