Founded in 2002, the Écurie Piston Sport Auto (EPSA) is an association from Ecole Centrale de Lyon. Our purpose is to promote motor sports and automotive engineering.
Each year, 60 students and members of EPSA engineer a competition prototype vehicle. They are in charge of the design of the car whereas our partners take care of the fabrication of the different pieces. Indeed we partner up with several vocational high schools with whom we are really pround to work with. Some of these students spent many hours every week for the making of the vehicle. They are crucial for the project.
At the beginning, the car racing team participated in the SIA Trophy, organized by the Société des Ingénieurs de l'Automobile for french students. The competition took place in Le Mans, one of the most famous car circuit. As EPSA was looking for new challenges, the team participated in the Monte Carlo Rally Racing in 2013.
With the loss of attractiveness of the Trophy, the team wanted to take part in the Formula Student, an international competition in which technological requirements are higher. Hence, EPSA wants to compete with the best student racing teams of the world.
The first objective of EPSA is to train students and futur engineers on a tangible example: the design and making of a competition vehicle.
They acquire skills in digital engineering, project management, financial management, industrial organization ... These projects are also an opportunity to delevop relationships with technicians and workers from our partners schools.
More over, we can count on the support of academician and former members of EPSA and Ecole Centrale de Lyon. They provide many engineering classes related to automobile. Thus, there is an inter-generational collaboration.