FSB Racing Team is a student project, operating under the Croatian Student Association of Engineering Faculties. Founded in 2003 at the University of Zagreb’s Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture, the team’s task is the design, development, and manufacturing of a formula-like single-seater race car aimed at taking part in Formula Student competitions. Today, it is one of the largest student projects in the entirety of Croatia with over 100 students taking part in.
Over the last 18 years, the Team has produced 9 race cars and travelled all across Europe to participate in many annual Formula Student competitions. Each project is a huge undertaking in its own right, a long and arduous process from initial concepts and objectives to the successful manufacture and assembly of each subsystem and the finished vehicle, with each part being designed and developed, and some even manufactured, by students. Every single member contributes with his or her knowledge, work, time and commitment to the team’s common goal, which is to complete the project, get a car on the track, compete against rival teams in our country, our region, and the entire world, and to fill us and the University of Zagreb with pride, while gaining invaluable practical experience.
Over the last 18 years, we have attended many European Formula Student competitions. Of course, the most important thing to point out is the 10th place out of 97 competitors in Silverstone, one of the most demanding competitions. 2018’s repeat success with StrixR in Silverstone is also something we are very proud of, winning 12th place. The table on the right shows all our successes in the past years.
- 2020 – FS Online, (FS Netherlands, FS East), 6 / 21
- 2020 – FS UK, Online, 33 / 66
- 2019 – FS Alpe Adria, Šmrika, 4 / 9
- 2019 – FS Austria, Red Bull Ring, 19 / 24
- 2018 – FS Czech Republic, Autodrom Most, 19 / 32
- 2018 – FS UK, Silverstone, 12 / 81
- 2017 – FS Alpe Adria, Šmrika, 5 / 7
- 2017 – FS Hungary, Gyor, 13 / 41
- 2017 – FS Germany, Hockenheimring, 59 / 65
- 2014 – FS UK, Silverstone, 10 / 97
- 2013 – FS Germany, Hockenheimring, 56 / 75
- 2012 – FS UK, Silverstone, 24 / 102
- 2007 – FS UK, Silverstone, 48 / 69
- 2006 – FS UK, Bruntingthorpe, 35 / 72
The competition is designed to encourage innovation and the students’ ability to apply theoretical knowledge learned in university. The evaluation is divided into a static and a dynamic part. The static events consist of Engineering Design, Cost & Manufacturing and Business Plan Presentation. The dynamic events include Skidpad, Autocross, Acceleration and Endurance and Efficiency event. The cars need to pass technical inspection to ensure safety on dynamic events. These technical inspections are carried out by people with lots of motorsport experience in open-wheel, rally or touring car championships. The main focus of the competition isn’t racing and lap times, but rather innovation and application of theoretical knowledge in a practical environment.
One of the key parts of the competitions is financing since the entire project is financed by sponsors and donors. This is where the team members show their marketing and managing skills. The first competition was held in the 1980s in USA and competitions are held across the world ever since. Today, over 20 countries host competitions. The largest ones are in United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Spain. The competitions are organized by societies such as iMechE – United Kingdom, SAE International – USA, VDI – Germany etc. They include engineers from different industries and motorsports (F1, WTCC, DTM etc.). The competitions are international, therefore there can be over 100 teams from the entire world competing.
The association operates in Croatia and has the primary purpose of bringing together students with common interests. Other goals of the association are forming a strong collaboration between the University and the industry, better information sharing, connecting students with each other and with administrative bodies of the university along with the organization of various sporting events, travelling and other activities. When it was established in 1995, the association had four branches – Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb, Faculty of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture from Split and Faculties of Mechanical engineering from Rijeka and Slavonski Brod. Because of various circumstances, HSA-SF was inactive from 2000 until 2003. Today, HSA-SF is a non-profitable, independent, and non-government association which counts about 100 members from various faculties who are interested in motorsport, the result of which are: the first Croatian Formula Student team – FSB Racing Team and FSB Karting Cup. HSA-SF was responsible for many projects accomplished either on its own or in collaboration with other associations. HSA-SF also closely cooperates with other FAMENA’s associations such as HUSZ-Euroavia Zagreb, Croatian Association of Naval Architecture Students, Student’s Council and with some associations from other faculties from Zagreb. HSA-SF has had a diverse, hard-working and accomplished history, and we hope to improve it with our own hard work and knowledge.
- First Croatian Congress of Engineering Students – November 1996.
- Second Croatian Congress of Engineering Students – November 1997.
- European Congress of Technical Faculty Students – 1998.
- Sailing and diving on the Adriatic – 2000.
- Various professional and tourist excursions and visits (Rio de Janeiro, Munich, Graz, Rome, Frankfurt, Vienna)
- Career Day (FSB) – 2003. – 2008.
- University review in Zagreb – 2005. – 2008.
- FSB Racing team – 2003. – present
- FSB Karting kup – 2005. – present