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F1 in Schools and Autodesk

F1 in Schools helps change perceptions of engineering, science, and technology by creating a fun and exciting learning environment. Autodesk is proud to be the Premium Global Software Partner for F1 in Schools and provide free* access to professional software and learning tools for the next generation of designers.

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F1 in Schools competition inspires future designers
F1 in Schools participants design and manufacture a C02-powered car, analyze aerodynamics, and create marketing material. Regional, national, and international teams are judged on car speed, design documentation, verbal presentation, and marketing display.

Resources for F1 in Schools

Free software
Software is available for all competitors and educational institutions associated with F1 in Schools.


Sites for F1 in Schools
Search through the countries listed to find out more about how your team can participate locally.

Student Expert program
Connect with students & educators from around the world who are passionate about F1 in Schools


Earn a Badge
Check out the F1 in Schools trophy badge.

Design challenge
Create CAD assemblies using Autodesk Fusion 360 and receive prizes in eligible countries.


Get started now
Check out videos and tutorials designed for F1 in Schools.

Free access to professional design software

Autodesk provides participants and academic institutions worldwide participating in F1 in Schools free* access to the same professional software used by industry leaders today. Learning resources, competitions, and programs from Autodesk provide added value for you and your students. Give your team professional design software from Autodesk and watch the magic unfold before your eyes.

Participating schools

Autodesk provides free educational licenses for software to qualified educational institutions associated with F1 in Schools. To request free software for your educational institution, sign in or create an account. Find out more.


Student participants can download individual products to use for F1 in Schools right from this page. Below is the recommended software for this competition.

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Recommended software

Inventor Professional 3D CAD software

Inventor Professional

3D mechanical CAD, visualization, and documentation software.

Showcase 3D visualization software


Rendering software for 3D design.

Flow Design wind-tunnel simulation software

Flow Design

Wind-tunnel simulation software for airflow studies.

Simulation CFD software

Simulation CFD

Fluid flow and thermal simulation tools.

Fusion 360

Integrated tool for collaborative product development.

SketchBook painting and drawing software


Sketch, paint, and illustrate digitally.
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F1 in Schools design thinking process
Learn how the Pink Quattro F1 in Schools team used Autodesk software to design their vehicle. Check out their story.

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Get up to speed quickly
Design and analysis of your competition car can start right now. Check out these videos to get you started with Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Showcase, and Autodesk Falcon.

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Excercise 1, Section 1 - Getting started
Begin your design by setting up a project, starting a new part, and exploring basic dimensioning. See other videos in this series

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Excercise 1, Section 2 - Define car body shape
Learn how to create the basic shape of a car body using sketching and part modeling features. See other videos in this series


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Introduction to Inventor for F1 in Schools
This course introduces you to Inventor, the centerpiece of Autodesk's Digital Prototyping strategy that allows you to create and simulate a design before it’s made. Download the tutorial (screen version | print version | eBook version) and dataset.

Einführung Autodesk Inventor für F1 in Schools

In diesem Kurs bekommen Sie eine Einführung in Autodesk® Inventor®, der das Kernstück der Autodesk Digital Prototyping Strategie ist, und Ihnen erlaubt eine Konstruktion zu entwerfen und zu simulieren bevor sie hergestellt wird.

Tutorial hier herunterladen (Druck-Version | Bildschirm-Version | eBook Englisch | Datensatz)

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Analyze your car design using Inventor with Flow Design
Learn how to quickly and easily analyze your F1 in Schools car using Autodesk Flow Design, an add-in for Inventor. Download the tutorial (screen version | print version | eBook version).

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Create realistic images with Showcase
Learn how to quickly and easily transform your F1 in Schools race car into photo-quality visuals using Showcase. Download the tutorial (screen version | print version | eBook version).

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