Research and teaching

How we commit to the future: Support for students

As a spin-off of the Karlsruhe University, we know which foundation academic studies provide. We are upholding our close relations to universities by following our leading vision: promoting a practical understanding of vehicle development.

Therefore, we are introducing CarMaker – our simulation software for virtual test driving – to students in different programs. Formula CarMaker, Solutions for Academics and our discounts for universities help to transform ideas into real innovations. Find out more about our programs and how CarMaker and IPG Automotive can help you to add value to your studies.

Future engineers: Our programs for students

Formula CarMaker simulation

Formula CarMaker: In the fast lane for student racing competitions

Students who would like to add value to their curriculum and gain hands-on experience in automotive construction can develop their own racing car at the Formula Student events. Where in the development process can IPG Automotive help optimize your vehicle? With our free Formula CarMaker program, we enable the virtual simulation of prototypes for Formula Student Combustion (FSC), Formula Student Electric (FSE) and Formula Student Driverless (FSD) racing teams. Furthermore, other Student competitions like Motostudent, Formula Baja or Shell Eco Marathon can benefit– just write our support if you unsure about your team qualifying for the program.

Our program at a glance:

  • Every team obtains four CarMaker licenses per competition they partake in (combustion, concept, driverless, elecric, hybrid).
  • Products included are CarMaker Office, IPGKinematics and the Cockpit Package.
  • Our support team is here to help – with Formula CarMaker training courses, tutorials or general support regarding the software.

Your benefits:

  • Get a head start with access to pre-built models, parameters and test environments, developed specifically for Formula Student.
  • Easily develop, adapt and improve your vehicle in CarMaker’s virtual simulation environment.
  • You can count on our support – we have your back every step of the way.
  • Hands-on experience at no additional cost – definitely a win-win situation!


Do you have any questions? Our support team is happy to help.

Are you interested? Register here.

Solutions for Academics: Write your thesis with CarMaker

You just started or are about to get started on your thesis or dissertation? Have you heard about CarMaker and our company? With Solutions for Academics, we support future automotive engineers working on their thesis or dissertation.

Our program at a glance:

  • After registration, the participants obtain a free license for our simulation software CarMaker.
  • Get started right away: Our experts offer individual CarMaker support for beginners as well as experts according to their previous experience.
  • Individual workshops, discussions with product experts, support for CarMaker – we see ourselves as a partner for graduates. 


Why choose us as a partner:

  • Flexible and individual support: We focus on your study subject and specific requests and tailor the support to your needs.
  • Solution-oriented approach: We are not here to give lectures; we work on finding solutions together.
  • Discover an attractive industry: With Solutions for Academics, students get to know our company – and, who knows, maybe this is the beginning of a successful career path!
  • Presentation for industry partners: Great ideas lead to fruitful discussions. After completing your degree, you can present your results in a colloquium on a voluntary basis. 
  • Spotlight on students: At IPG Automotive, students take the center stage and can thus make the most out of their work. In return, we are excited to be part of innovative ideas.


Do you have any questions? Our support team is happy to help.

Are you interested? Register here.

Promoting research & teaching: Special conditions for universities

Special rates for CarMaker

To actively promote research and teaching, we offer special rates for our simulation solution CarMaker to universities. Would you like to know who our academic partners are? Then take a look at our references. For more detailed information on how to apply CarMaker in research and academic training, contact our Sales department.

Discounted admission for IPG Automotive events

Our events are established meeting points for the industry. At the technology conference Apply & Innovate, our customers take the stage to present their latest applications for virtual test driving. To give future engineers the opportunity to take part in this event, we offer a discount on the admission fee. Do you have students that are interested? Just get in touch with us.