Audi in attendance at Formula Student 2016
Last month, some of the world’s most promising young engineers came together at the Hockenheimring for Germany’s Formula Student 2016. From 9 – 14 August, 115 teams from 28 countries competed to produce the best overall concept for self-developed racing cars, and five of these student teams were supported by Audi.
The event is equally as important for automotive manufacturers as it is for the students involved, as the students gain the opportunity to showcase their talent and the industry experts can be inspired by the next-generation’s ideas. Experienced Audi employees were active in the pit lanes, offering student constructors advice throughout the competition.
Antje Maas, Head of International Human Resources Marketing at Audi AG, stated: ‘We are always surprised by the innovative solutions that the teams produce in a short period of time. Our experts hold discussions with the engineering students on an equal footing. We profit from the exchange of ideas with the creative young people also for our future projects at Audi.’
Audi’s sponsored teams this year were: Schanzer Racing Electric - TH Ingolstadt, WHZ Racing Team Zwickau, University Racing Eindhoven and two TUfast Racing Teams from the Technical University of Munich. At Formula Student 2016, the teams constructed single-seat racing cars in the Electric and Combustion events, complete with appropriate financing and marketing concepts, and their cars were tested on the track for endurance and efficiency. All individual scores are taken into account in the overall result!
The ‘Audi Vorsprung Award’ was presented at Formula Student 2016 too, with the brand selecting the best lightweight-construction concept – and it came with a prize of €1,500. This year, it was the TUfast Racing Team that took the title, chosen by a jury of Audi experts.
On show at the Formula Student Germany Forum was an Audi human resources marketing stand, there to inform young motorsport fans and visitors about career-entry possibilities within the marque.
Antje Maas said: ‘Companies seeking the engineers of tomorrow cannot ignore Formula Student. Time and time again, we are impressed by the participants’ passion for technology and unconventional ideas. We are very much looking forward to an exciting competition and some interesting discussions.’
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