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 Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering (IVK) at Stuttgart University.

The three members of the FKFS Board of Management are simultaneously also the three Chairs of the IVK.


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
Anke KleinschmitAndreas Stihl AG & Co. KGVorstand Forschung und Entwicklung
Jumana Al-SibaiRobert Bosch GmbHExecutive Vice President, Chassis Systems Control, Sales and Business Unit Passive Safety & Sensors
Dr.-Ing. Bernd MahrBERMA ConsultingInhaber
Wolfgang H. SchwenkSegula Technologies & TestingVehicle Engineering & Testing
Dr.-Ing. Michael SteinerDr.-Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AGMitglied des Vorstandes - Forschung und Entwicklung
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Peter Felix TropschuhAudi AGLeiter Wissenschaftsprojekte, Hochschulkontakte, Corporate Responsibility, Governance
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Horst E. FriedrichDeutsches Zentrum für Luft- und RaumfahrtDirektor des Instituts für Fahrzeugkonzepte
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 Wohnungsbau Baden-WürttembergMinisterialrat
Dr. Simone SchwanitzMinisterium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-WürttembergMinisterialdirigentin
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
Honorary members  
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
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
Advisory Board  
Prof. Dr. rer. pol. Dipl.-Ing. Meike TilebeinUniversität StuttgartInstitutsleiterin Institut für Diversity Studies in den Ingenieurwissenschaften
Dr.-Ing. Achim WiebeltMAHLE International GmbHLeiter Konzernvorausentwicklung CRA2

The FKFS is certified according to ISO 9001. The current certificate can be downloaded here as PDF (German version only).

Dipl.-Bw. Stefan Hellstern

Phone.: +49 711 685-63680

The Institute for Internal Combustion Engines and Automotive Engineering IVK 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 IVK and FKFS combines basic university research with applied contract research.

The institute has three chairs:

  • Chair of Automotive Engineering by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Andreas Wagner
  • Chair of Automotive Mechatronics by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hans-Christian Reuss
  • Chair of Automotive Powertrains by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Michael Bargende

The IVK 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.