Formula Student is a student engineering competition held annually in the UK. Student teams from around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula style racing car. The cars are judged on a number of criteria as listed below. It is run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and uses the same rules as the original Formula SAE with supplementary regulations.
The 2012 Formula Student event was held at Silverstone Circuit in July 2012.
Class definitions 
There are four entry classes in Formula Student, designed to allow progressive learning. New teams to the event can enter a car in any class they choose.
Cars are judged on a variety of static and dynamic events including: Design, cost, acceleration, sprint, endurance and fuel economy.
Class 1 
This class is similar to the Formula SAE competition and follows said competition's rules. Teams design, manufacture and race fully working cars built solely for the event, the car cannot be entered into Class 1 again after its first year, but can be entered into Class 1A.
Class 1A (pre-2012) 
This is an alternative fuelled class with the emphasis placed upon the environmental impact of racing. A car from the previous year's Class 1 entry can be re-entered and re-engineered allowing the students to concentrate on the low carbon aspect of the competition without having to redesign a new chassis and ancillaries. Cars in Class 1A are judged in the same events alongside Class 1 however the cost category is replaced by one for sustainability and the endurance event has a higher emphasis placed upon measured emissions. Class 1A cars are scored and ranked independently of Class 1.
Class 2 
This is a concept class for teams who only have a project and plan for a Class 1 car. It can include any parts or work that has been completed in the project so far but this is not necessary. Teams are judged on business presentation, cost and design. Schools can enter both Class 1 and Class 2 cars, allowing Class 2 to be used for inexperienced students to practise their development in advance of a full Class 1 entry.
Class 2A 
This is a concept class for teams who only have a project and plan for a Class 1A car. It can include any parts or work that has been completed in the project so far but this is not necessary. Teams are judged on business presentation, cost and design. Schools can enter both Class 1A and Class 2A cars, allowing Class 2A to be used for inexperienced students to practise their development in advance of a full Class 1A entry.
The cars are judged by industry specialists on the following criteria:
Static Events 
- Design (150), cost (100) and presentation judging (75)
- Technical and safety scrutineering
- Tilt test
- Brake and noise test
Dynamic Events 
- Skid pan (Figure of 8) (50)
- 1 km sprint (150)
- 75m acceleration (75)
- 22 km endurance (300) and fuel economy (100)
The winner of the event is the team with the highest number of points out of a maximum of a 1000.
The first event was held at the Motor Industry Research Association (MIRA) proving ground in 1998. Following that, the event was held for three years at the NEC Birmingham between 1999 and 2001. The event was then held on the Go-Kart track at Bruntingthorpe Aerodrome between 2002 and 2006, before moving to Silverstone Circuit in 2007 where the competition remains until this day. The dynamic events have taken place on Luffield and Brooklands corners in the past but 2012 saw Copse corner and the National Circuit pit straight being used.
- Patron: Ross Brawn (team principal of Mercedes GP),
- Ambassador: The Rt Hon Lord Drayson of Kensington (Minister of Science)
Notable judges 
- Carroll Smith
- Jon Hilton - Flybrid systems, ex Renault F1
- Andrew Deakin - Renault F1
- Chief Judge - Richard Folkson, ex Ford
- Neil Anderson
- Alex Hickson - GKN Aerospace Filton UK
- Dan Jones - Flybrid Systems
- Allan Staniforth
- David Gould - Gould Racing
- Claude Rouelle - OptimumG
- Pat Clarke
- Nick Vaughan
- Matt Wilkin - Brawn GP
- Ben Michell - Dunlop Tyres