About us

Exceptional expertise and a unique range of highly-specialized test benches and self-developed measurement, testing and simulation methods make the independent Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS) a sought-after partner in the international automotive industry. Around 180 highly-qualified and motivated employees work to solve complex and demanding problems; undertaking research and development projects in the fields of Automotive Powertrains, Automotive Engineering and Automotive Mechatronics.

With its outstanding infrastructure and interdisciplinary approach, the Institute is ideally equipped to handle the challenges of mobility in the future.

Founded in 1930 as an independent foundation under civil law, FKFS cooperates closely with the Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart (IFS) at Stuttgart University. The three members of the FKFS Board of Management are simultaneously also the three Chairs of the IFS.


We, the employees of the FKFS,

  • combine the requirements of the industry with the findings of science
  • research and develop in the service of the automotive industry
  • meet the requirements of our clients dynamically and flexibly
  • we guarantee our clients integrity, reliability and quality
  • support the next generation of scientists within our project
  • strengthen the reputation of the University of Stuttgart in research and teaching
  • are responsible for our results to society and politics
  • respect foreign cultures and equal opportunities between the sexes
  • cultivate a working atmosphere characterised by honesty, fairness, credibility, justice, collegiality and open communication
NameOrganisationPosition (in German)
Anke KleinschmitAndreas Stihl AG & Co. KGVorstand Forschung und Entwicklung
Jumana Al-SibaiMAHLE Behr GmbH & Co. KGVorsitzende der Geschäftsführung 
Dr.-Ing. Bernd MahrBERMA ConsultingInhaber
Wolfgang H. SchwenkSegula Technologies GmbHVehicle Engineering & Testing
Dr.-Ing. Peter SchäferPorsche Engineering Group GmbHVorsitzender der Geschäftsführung
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Felix TropschuhAudi AGLeiter Wissenschaftsprojekte, Hochschulkontakte, Corporate Responsibility, Governance
Prof. Dr. Lino GuzzellaETH ZürichPräsident der ETH Zürich
Prof. Giorgio RizzoniThe Ohio State UniversityDirector Center for Automotive Research
Franz Loogene-mobil BW GmbHGeschäftsführer
Hans-Jürgen MäurerDEKRA Automobil GmbHLeiter Entwicklung Technik
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nejila ParspourUniversität StuttgartLeiterin des Instituts für Elektrische Energiewandlung
Wolfgang Zahn zuletzt Vorstand Forschung und Entwicklung bei Andreas Stihl AG & Co. KG
Jan GerkenUniversität StuttgartKanzler der Universität Stuttgart
Claus MayerMinisterium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Tourismus Baden-WürttembergMinisterialrat
Susanne AhmedMinisterium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württembergleitende Ministerialrätin
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wolfram ResselUniversität StuttgartRektor der Universität Stuttgart

Hubert Fußhoeller


Betriebsratsvorsitzender FKFS

Steffen MüllerNXP Semiconductors Germany GmbHDirector Systems and Applications
Dr. Dirk WalliserZF GroupCorporate Research and Development
Dr.-Ing. Torsten EderMercedes-Benz AGLeiter Produktgruppe Antriebe
Christian EnderleDr. Ing h.c. F. PorscheLeiter Entwicklung Antriebe
Dr. Martin BergerMAHLE KonzernVice President Corporate Research and Advanced Engineering
Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Meinrad K. EberleETH Zürichzuletzt Direktor des Paul Scherrer Instituts, Villigen (CH)
Prof. em. Dr. rer. Franz EffenbergerUniversität StuttgartEmeritus des Instituts für Organische Chemie und Isotopenforschung
Prof. em. Dr.-Ing. Ulf EssersUniversität StuttgartEmeritus des Instituts für Verbrennungsmotoren und Kraftfahrwesen (heute Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik Stuttgart)
Senator E.h. Dr. Jürgen StechUniversität Stuttgartzuletzt Vorsitzender des Vorstands, technische Werke der Stadt Stuttgart
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen WiedemannUniversität Stuttgartzuletzt Lehrstuhlinhaber für Kraftfahrwesen am Institut für Verbrennungsmotoren und Kraftfahrwesen (heute Institut für Fahrzeugtechnik Stuttgart)
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Ing. Meike TilebeinUniversität StuttgartInstitutsleiterin Institut für Diversity Studies in den Ingenieurwissenschaften

The Institute for Automotive Engineering Stuttgart IFS is part of the Faculty of Design, Production and Automotive Engineering of the University of Stuttgart and deals with research and teaching in the field of automotive and engine technology. The cooperation between IFS and FKFS combines basic university research with applied contract research.

The institute has three chairs:

The IFS is also home to the student racing team, GreenTeam and a Driverless GreenTeam from the University of Stuttgart, which successfully develop racing cars for the Formula Student competition.

The teams have been represented in the TOP10 positions of the world ranking list for years, the racing team is currently number 1 in the world ranking list, the greenteam is number 5.

1998 - today

In 1998, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Wiedemann succeeded Prof. Essers as Chair of Automotive Engineering. In the same year, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bargende assumed the Chair of Internal Combustion Engines (since 2011 "Automotive Powertrains"). Both chairs formed the basis of the »Competence Center of Automotive Technology Stuttgart«. In 2004, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss assumed the Chair of Automotive Mechatronics and provided the center with the desired expansion. All three chairs are members of the Managing Board of FKFS whose chairmanship rotates every two years. Since April 1, 2019, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wagner has been the successor of J. Wiedemann, who retired as member of the Board of Management responsible for Automotive Engineering.

The strength of the FKFS can be found in its test benches, which are constantly undergoing further development. In autumn 2014, the large 1:1 vehicle wind tunnel was extensively modernised. Since 2015, the institute is also equipped with the Stuttgart driving simulator, the largest of its kind at a European research facility. In May 2019, three new test stands were put into operation: a high-performance electric drive train test stand, an Handling Roadway System and a hybrid engine test stand.


1971 - 1998

1971 übernahm Prof. Dr.-Ing. Ulf Essers den Lehrstuhl für Kraftfahrwesen und Fahrzeugmotoren der Universität Stuttgart und wurde in Personalunion Direktor des FKFS. Neben seinen Aufgaben in Forschung und Lehre plante er den Institutsneubau auf dem Universitätsgelände in Stuttgart-Vaihingen. Die Räume wurden 1978 bezogen und 1988 um eine Windkanalanlage mit einem Modellwindkanal und einem Fahrzeugwindkanal erweitert. Professor Essers begründete den neuen Forschungsschwerpunkt »Geräuschminderung an Kraftfahrzeugen und Motoren«. Neben zahlreichen Projekten zur Geräuschminderung an Motoren und Reifen wurden mehrere lärmarme Nutzfahrzeuge entwickelt und in Prototypen dargestellt. Moderne Motorenprüfstände, auf dem neuesten Stand der Technik und ausgestattet mit der zugehörigen Messtechnik, waren die Basis für eine erfolgreiche Forschung an Motoren, wobei die Verwendung alternativer Kraftstoffe ein Schwerpunkt war. 1993 wurde der Fahrzeugwindkanal zum Aeroakustik- Kanal aufgerüstet und damit zum leistungsfähigsten Aeroakustik-Fahrzeugwindkanal Europas.


1945 - 1971

After 1945, this tradition was continued by his successor, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Paul Riekert. Following the repair of damages incurred during the war, the wind tunnel has been available to the German and European automotive industry for two decades, making a considerable contribution to the leading position of Germany in the field of vehicle aerodynamics. Professor Riekert continued his work on vehicle dynamics that he had started before the war, and he developed the »Stuttgart Friction Meter« for investigating the non-skid property of tire-road combinations.


1930 - 1945

In 1930, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Wunibald Kamm, the first Professor of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines at the Technische Hochschule Stuttgart, established the private and nonprofit Research Institute of Automotive Engineering and Vehicle Engines Stuttgart (FKFS). Under his direction, the FKFS became the largest and one of the leading research institutes in the field of automotive engineering. In addition to numerous projects involving motor vehicles and their engines, a major focus of his work dealt with automotive aerodynamics. Professor Kamm developed the so-called K-back car – the prototype of an aerodynamically innovative passenger car – and built the first full-scale wind tunnel for motor vehicles.