While the days are at it's shortest, and the first snowflakes of the year have fallen, the days of Electric testing with the new URE15 are over. Several competition events have released their competition handbooks, including Formula Student Germany in the final week of January. While the first ones were still quite optimistic about the available spots for teams at the competition, FSG announced a big decrease in the number of available teams to register. Also, there was an announcement that the number of people per team would be drastically decreased, although this is still provisional since the COVID situation keeps unpredictable.
In order to register, or qualify, for a competition event, all teams have to participate in the 'registration quizzes'. These are quizzes organized by the competition events, which teams all over the world have to make simultaneously. The questions in these quizzes are about the rules which everyone has to adhere to, as well as general engineering problems, challenging the team to quickly, and accurately solve these questions. The teams with the most correct answers and the fastest times are then qualified to go to the competition event in the summer vacation. This is why these registration quizzes are very important for the team. As the Corona regulations keep us from coming together in a classroom with the whole team to tackle these questions, we had to come up with a new system. This year, we will use two different streaming platforms at the same time, ensuring an optimal information flow and enough discussion possibilities if needed. Over the full month of January, the team has been practicing and finetuning this new online quiz structure. With the final practice session tomorrow, the team is ready to beat the competition on the 5th of February.