Application Page CFS18


So you are interested in applying for CFS18? Great!

Formula Student is the largest engineering competition in the world with the aim of creating better engineers by giving the students hands-on experience from a real engineering project. Every competing team designs, manufactures and tests a vehicle with which they then compete against other teams in several different events. There are dynamic events such as endurance and acceleration, and static events where the cost of manufacturing, the vehicle’s design and the business idea of the project are presented to judges.

CFS18 will build an electric powered Formula Student car and intend to participate in two Formula Student competitions during the summer of 2018. During the summer of 2017 CFS participated in Formula Student Netherlands (FSN) and Formula Student Germany (FSG). CFS placed 2nd overall and was the best electric car at FSN and won a sixth place in the stiff competition at FSG. Our hope is now that you want to take over the mantle and ensure that CFS remains a competitive Formula Student team! It should be stressed though that it is up to each new to team to decide on an ambition level that suits them. The project exists for educational purposes and the main priority is that it should be a great learning experience.

Please read the Application information for CFS18 below carefully before you download the application form, fill it out, and send it to bjorn.palsson[at]

If you want to know more about Formula Student before you apply, please have a look at our Formula Student page. You can find out what it looked like when CFS went to Germany this summer here.

You can find the preliminary course-PM here

Application information for CFS18

Who is it for?

Every year CFS recruits a new team consisting of 30-35 Project Engineers and these team members also take the course TME047 (15 ECTS). In addition CFS recruits 5-10 Trainees. The Trainee role is an introductory position where you can learn about the project and it forms a great starting point for participation as a team member the following year. To be a Trainee does not give any credits. Typically the Project Engineers are first year Master students and Trainees third year Bachelor students, but these are not strict requirements.

The position as Project Engineer is open for

  • 3rd year Bachelor students @ Lindholmen Campus (only if not intending to study a Master’s program later)
  • 1st year Master’s Students
  • 2nd year Master’s Students (if not doing a Master’s thesis alongside CFS)
  • Exchange Students (If you stay for a full year and don’t do a Master’s Thesis alongside CFS)

The position as Trainee is open for

  • 2nd year Bachelor @ Lindholmen Campus (only if not intending to study masters)
  • 3rd year Bachelor @ Johanneberg Campus
  • 1st year Masters Students

The course TME047 Chalmers Formula Student gives 3 credits during the autumn and 12 credits during the spring. It is a strong recommendation to only study one course in parallel with CFS during the spring periods as the manufacturing phase is very time demanding.  You cannot combine CFS with full time Master thesis work as stated above. Participation in CFS is a full year commitment that requires a lot of time and dedication, much more than the 15 ECTS indicate, but it also gives a lot in the form of experiences and friendship. You get back what you put in.

The recruitment process

To participate in CFS both as Project Engineer and Trainee you have to apply and be accepted. The recruitment for CFS18 is performed in two steps. The first step is a written application. You find the application form below under “APPLY FOR CFS18”. In the second step a selection of the applicants are called for interviews before the final team is selected. The schedule for the CFS18 recruitment process is shown below.

Information Night 1 Wednesday 30/8 17.30 HA2 (Hörsalsvägen)
Information Night 2 Monday 4/9 17.30 HA2 (Hörsalsvägen)
Application Deadline Thursday 7/9 24.00
Interviews 11-14/9
Project Starts Monday 18/9

What are we looking for?

In short we are looking for skilled people with dedication to the project that want to be part of a high performing team. We are also looking for a range of qualities – we need both the theoretical and practical, the marketers and the engineers, the talkers and the thinkers. If you think you have something to contribute with, you probably do – so tell us what it is!

We would like to recruit team members from all over Chalmers. So whether you study architecture, entrepreneurship, electrical or automotive engineering, we welcome and encourage you to apply. While we do appreciate previous experience and ask about it during application, that is also what you are here to get. Few of the team members have built a formula style race car before, so don’t let a lack of experience in this area stop you from applying!

Below you will find a description of the different areas of responsibility (subgroups) within the team. You can select your application priorities between these areas in the application form.

Team subgroups


This subgroup is responsible for the frame structure and the driver ergonomics. CFS typically builds a carbon fibre monocoque which requires work in surface CAD modelling and the design, simulation, test and manufacturing of carbon fibre sandwich layups and parts.

Unsprung mass, suspension and vehicle dynamics

This subgroup is responsible for the wheel assemblies as well as the linkages that constitute the suspension. The group also has an overall responsibility for the vehicle dynamics of the car. The group therefore works with the design of wheel slip control and drive torque control (torque vectoring) algorithms and lap time simulations for example.


This group is responsible for the design of the aerodynamic devices (e.g. wings) on the car to ensure the best possible aerodynamic performance as well as ensuring that the cooling air flows are sufficient. The work typically involves the structural and aerodynamic design of carbon fibre wings including structural simulations and fluid dynamics simulations (CFD).

Powertrain –Mechanical

The CFS18 will have an electric powertrain, but also electric powertrains require a lot of mechanical design. This group is mainly responsible for the design of gear boxes, cooling system and battery casing and sometimes even the mechanical design of electric motors.


This subgroup is responsible for the high voltage drive system of the car. This includes for example the high voltage aspects of the battery (e.g. pre-charge circuit), motor control and the overall design of a High Voltage system and the safety requirements that comes with it.

The full powertrain including mechanical and electrical systems

Low voltage electronics

The low voltage electronics group is responsible for the car’s control, communication and monitoring systems. On the hardware side this involves for example the selection of sensors to acquire log data and the design of customized printed circuit boards (PCBs). On the software side it for example requires the programming of microcontrollers on PCBs to take actions based on input from sensors and driver. The functionality could be anything from safety related features (the car should shut down if battery voltage is too low, if there is a grounding fault etc.) to performance related control algorithms developed together with the vehicle dynamics responsibles.







This group has responsibilities in two different areas. It is responsible for the team’s partner relations and external communication (e.g via social media) and it typically takes on a leading role in the team’s internal organization and management. Members of this group are often responsible for the business presentation event at the competitions where a business case based on the CFS18 car should be pitched to investors. Roles in this group are very well suited for students with an interest in subjects related to industrial economics.


To apply, first download the Application_Form_CFS18

Then fill it out and e-mail it to bjorn.palsson[at]

NOTE: If for some reason word opens the file in Read Mode, press View and then Edit Document to access it.

Please note that it won’t be possible to get feedback on your application

If there are any questions about CFS or the application process, do not hesitate to contact Björn Pålsson (Examiner TME047), bjorn.palsson[at]