Bern Formula Student

From 0–100km/h in three-and-a-half seconds – with two eco-friendly electric motors. No problem for the BIENNA electric racing car, which was designed by students at Bern University of Applied Sciences and has already successfully competed at the international ‘Formula Student’ competition.


  • Lead school(s) School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Duration (planned) 01.09.2014 - 21.06.2019
  • Project management Adrian Joss
  • Head of project Adrian Joss
  • Partner Bern Formula Student

The Project

The Bern Formula Student association (BFS) was founded in 2014 and comprises students from Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH. Every year, the BFS team constructs an electrically powered vehicle that prioritises safety, performance and ecological awareness. The goal is to promote sustainable technologies and offer future engineers an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge in an exciting project.

Since its founding, the club has built three electric racing cars and competes with teams from universities around the world at the Formula Student competitions. The Formula Student events are international engineering competitions in which students from different countries compete against each other in racing cars they have designed and built themselves. Formula Student offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in a challenging project that is part of a sporting competition.

Through their work at Bern Formula Student, the students can gain a greater depth of technical knowledge in the field of electric mobility, as well as improving their project management and team leadership skills. The work requires a visionary mindset and the ability to find the best possible solution with the means available.

The industry subsequently also benefits from university graduates with hands-on, interdisciplinary training and a greater depth of insight into the field of alternative drive systems. The association owes its existence to numerous sponsors from the business sector, who support the construction of the vehicle with materials, time and finances.

Die Industrie profitiert in der Folge ebenfalls und zwar von praxisnah und interdisziplinär ausgebildeten Hochschulabsolventinnen und -absolventen, mit zusätzlichen Kenntnissen im Bereich alternative Antriebe. Das Bestehen des Vereins wird ermöglicht durch zahlreiche Sponsoren aus der Wirtschaft, die den Bau des Fahrzeugs mit Material, Arbeitsstunden und finanziellen Mitteln unterstützen.

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