Driving innovation and creating knowledge: Our commitment to the future

We support tomorrow's engineers already during their studies

We started off as a spin-off from the University of Karlsruhe, so we know that a degree can act as a springboard. We have maintained these close connections to universities since the very beginning and want to carry them forward into the future. IPG Automotive has a strong interest in ensuring that the next generation of experts receives an excellent technical education.

We support research and teaching, for example, by offering special rates for our simulation solutions so that students have the opportunity to apply the automotive systems engineering approach during their studies. The SimulOscar competition organized by IPG Automotive also aims to discover and promote outstanding ideas in the field of virtual test driving.

Furthermore, we want to encourage enthusiasm for Formula Student – a competition in which the engineers of the future are at work. Supporting universities also benefits us as a company. Students who have already worked with our products during their studies often start their careers at IPG Automotive. This ensures that we are always up to date with the most recent research and the latest methods – and remain a young team full of enthusiasm.

Formula CarMaker

At home in the fast lane: Our Formula CarMaker program for student motor racing

The program

In order to be successful in Formula Student, the vehicle dynamics must be right! We want to support student teams in achieving this, which is why we have initiated the Formula CarMaker program. With CarMaker and IPGKinematics, we offer professional support for vehicle dynamics simulation right from the start – even in the conceptual stage. We help improve the development process – from axle design and optimization to the release. You reap the benefits even during the project planning stages, as CarMaker offers exceptional presentation options with its Test Manager and visualizations. In short: As a Formula CarMaker member, you are in pole position.


We offer our Formula CarMaker program free of charge to non-commercial student racing teams. The partnership encompasses the following:

  • Two rental licenses for the newest version of CarMaker, including the “Racing Driver” function of IPGDriver for one season free of charge
  • Two rental licenses for IPGKinematics free of charge
  • Free participation for two members of your team at a specialized Formula CarMaker Training which introduces the product
  • Specialized data sets for a generic Formula Student vehicle which serve as a basis for constructing your own racing car
  • A specialized Formula CarMaker tutorial
  • Support when using CarMaker and IPGKinematics
  • The opportunity to use our support

We currently support teams in these racing series:

  • Formula SAE Combustion
  • Formula SAE Hybrid
  • Formula SAE Electric
  • BAJA SAE India
  • Supra SAE India
  • Challenge SIA
  • Shell Eco Marathon
  • EcoCar
  • World Solar Challenge
  • Motorstudent
  • Carolo Cup
  • Audi Autonomous Driving Cup

Have we piqued your interest? Then register your team for the Formula CarMaker program now!

Higher education discounts

We want to support research and teaching – with special rates

The engineers of the future

Vehicle development is changing; new technologies and requirements are shaping the development process. This highlights the importance of promoting research and teaching in order to educate outstanding young talent. We firmly believe in this, which is why we offer special rates for our products and services.

CarMaker at a special rate

We offer CarMaker licenses at particularly reasonable rates for universities which use products from the CarMaker product portfolio for teaching and research. Please contact us for more detailed information or to receive a concrete offer tailored to your research and teaching practice.

To gain an overview of the universities and research institutes we work with, please see our references.

Discounted admission to our events

In addition to Open House, IPG Automotive has established Apply & Innovate as an important industry event. The two-day technology conference highlights the newest applications for virtual test driving. Students receive a discount on the price of a conference ticket, which allows them to experience the event firsthand even before they have completed their studies.

Read more about Apply & Innovate here.


The SimulOscar: A student competition

The competition

Since 2015, IPG Automotive has given out the SimulOscar award to research papers or final theses for which CarMaker, TruckMaker or MotorcycleMaker were used. It is our goal to discover exciting simulation projects and diverse ideas which were realized with the help of our open integration and test platforms. The best submissions will of course be awarded prizes, with the winners receiving 300, 500 or 700 euros according to their place as well as a free one-year subscription to their choice of ATZ worldwide, ATZelektronik worldwide or MTZ worldwide.



The order of events

After the submission deadline, the submitted research or final papers are judged by an expert panel. Particular attention is paid to these criteria:

  • The topicality and innovative quality of the subject
  • The complexity of the topic
  • The academic standard of the work
  • That the requirements of the call for submissions have been fulfilled

    The “SimulOscar 2018” has already closed. As in recent years, this year’s winners were honored in an official award ceremony at Open House 2018.

    The submission period for the next event will be announced here.