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The race for the best brains

Formula Student Germany 2022 saw more than 90 student teams competing in their self-built racing cars. A glance at the Hockenheimring circuit shows that the future is electric, self-driving – and female.

The air is filled with the smell of rubber and progress: Formula Student Germany 2022, held at the Hockenheimring in mid-August, gave young talent from the fields of engineering and IT the chance to shine. More than 90 university teams from around the world competed in racing cars that they had designed and developed themselves. Participants can count themselves among the top newcomers to the industry.

"More and more women in technical roles"

 

The design of the vehicle may be the most difficult, but it is not the only challenge facing the students. The teams, which have around 70 members, include project managers, development groups, buyers, controllers and communications teams to take care of the flow of information, the organisation of team meetings and the acquisition of sponsors.

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from all over the world compete in Formula Student.


 

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Young talents from all over the world will take part in Formula Student Germany 2022.

It’s exciting to see how the teams apply their outstanding team spirit to work on challenges similar to those we face ourselves, coming up with different yet extremely practical solutions.

Andrea Perl
Electric/Electronic System Automation
MAN

For the competing teams, this means that they need to be the whole package. Alongside the performance of the racing car – its acceleration, cornering and fuel or power consumption – the students’ knowledge away from the circuit is also on trial. The teams must justify their design decisions before a jury, with three panel members provided by MAN, and provide evidence of their knowledge of business models and vehicle costs. 

The central challenge for the students was to find solutions for mobility in the future. For this year’s Formula Student 2022, the majority of vehicles were already electric and autonomous, and for the next season that will be compulsory for all teams.  

These are all topics that are important to MAN too. “It’s exciting to see how the teams apply their outstanding team spirit to work on challenges similar to those we face ourselves, coming up with different yet extremely practical solutions,” says Andrea Perl of the Electric/Electronic System Automation team at MAN. As a female engineer, she says that it is especially “great to see that there are more and more women in technical roles, including those with more responsibility.”

Thousands of kilometres in a TGE

 

MAN supported the race teams from the Technical University of Munich, Munich University of Applied Sciences, RWTH Aachen University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. They all received TGE trucks and transporters to take their vehicles from race to race.  

“We have to cover several thousand kilometres over the course of this event each year,” explains Tim Neugebauer, Head of Marketing at the Ecurie Aix team from RWTH Aachen University. “MAN provides us with logistics support – in concrete terms this year with transport for our team members.” After all, with many hours of travelling, well-rested team members are essential at events like these, says Neugebauer. 

What’s more, MAN also had a strong recruitment team at the circuit during the event from 15 to 21 August. “We’re here to get close to the public and bring young talent on board for the long term,” says Lisa Koppold, HR Marketing and Employer Branding at MAN. 

Experience speaks for itself. Formula Student, sponsored by MAN since 2011, is an ideal opportunity to enter into dialogue with top talent from the fields of engineering and IT – and win the best brains for MAN.

We’re here to get close to the public and bring young talent on board for the long term.

Lisa Koppold
HR Marketing and Employer Branding
MAN

Text   Julien Wilkens
Photos   Patrick Nordhoff

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