Who we are
FST Lisboa is the Formula Student team from Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon.
Since 2001 we’ve been constantly reviewing and refining what we do to deliver the very best output and respond to the demands of an ever changing motorsport industry.
If in the beginning the goal of only 10 students was to create a relatively seamless combustion prototype, now we’re 40 students organized in 2 different projects: Electric and Driverless.
What we do
Our purpose is to design, build and test formula race cars in order to represent Portugal when competing with other engineering universities at Formula Student competitions.
As up now, we’ve developed 9 prototypes of which the first three were combustion and the remaining electric. For this season, the team has embraced a new challenge: create a fully functional autonomous car with all systems integrated and working consistently, without neglecting the already existent electric project.
What we win
We work to tight timescales to get the cars built and race ready, so we get to experience a work environment similar to the ones of companies for we count on their support not only regarding technical matters, but also for sharing knowledge.
Moreover, we get to develop greatly appreciated skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, and the importance of compromise while still having a blast.
Because race car. That’s why
Formula Student is a 20-year-old educational engineering competition, backed by industry and high-profile engineers, that aims to provide real-world experience combined with soft skills including business planning and project management.
The first competitions were led by the American Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in the early 80’s. Nevertheless, it was only in 1998 that a competition guided by the same rules was organized in Europe.
Nowadays, the project is recognized by the motorsport industry as the standard for engineering graduates to meet when transitioning from university to the workplace.
Each year, over 170 teams from around the world create a well constructed racecar and a sales plan taking on the assumption that they’re a company responsible for developing a prototype that would meet market demands while still manufactured at a fair cost. The overall product will then be evaluated resorting to both static and dynamic tests.