The Bykovo Racepark hosted the Formula Student annual international engineering and sports competition, organised with the support of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow and the Russian motorsport development program SMP Racing.
12 teams from Russian universities took part in the international student battle. During the year they went through the full cycle of creating cars - from designing a model to calculating business indicators and presenting a project. At the end of the competition developers took part in the races behind the wheel of their cars.
The special guests in the event were Alexei Fursin the Head of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow and Dmitry Samorukov the General Director of the SMP Racing Program.
“This year the international techno-battle took place only in our country: the competitions abroad were canceled. Students of Russian universities were lucky: they managed to take their racing cars to a distance. Formula Student is a unique educational project. Its participants not only create from scratch and independently test cars on the highway, but also present their invention as a business project: calculate costs production and payback prospects”, said Alexei Fursin the head of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of Moscow.
“The SMP Racing Program supports any motor sports initiative. And Formula Student is one of the brightest events where you can see interesting and non-standard technical solutions, as well as communicate with young talented engineers, product engineers and designers. We are convinced that these guys are the future of our sports car industry”, noted Dmitry Samorukov the General Director of the SMP Racing Program.
The objectives of the educational project are the development of engineering thinking, entrepreneurial skills, the ability to work in a team, find creative solutions and at the same time fulfil strict technical requirements in university students.
According to the results of the competition, the Togliatti Racing Team became the winner in the overall standings. The second place was taken by the Belgorod team Shukhov Racing, and the third - by the team from St. Petersburg Polytech NCM. The strongest participants were also identified in six separate nominations: Business Presentation, Cost and Production Report, Construction Protection, Acceleration, Eight, Autocross.
Participants' projects were evaluated by a panel of Russian judges and international experts who joined the event in online format. Within the framework of the competition, lectures and master classes for students were held, as well as competitions in static and dynamic disciplines.
“Quite recently, on the platform of the Moscow Innovation Cluster, an intersectional cluster of sports technologies was launched within which universities research institutes and technology startups can cooperate to create large-scale projects in this area. Technobattle participants can use these opportunities to develop their projects and undergo an internship at the companies that are part of the association”, added Alexei Fursin.