Ecurie Aix, the Formula Student Team at RWTH Aachen University, has been founded in 1999 as one of the first teams in Germany. The name "Ecurie Aix" is a reference to the team´s "international" home base in the German city of Aachen, which lies right at the border of Belgium and the Netherlands. The word "Aix" is derived from Aachen´s French name: Aix-la-Chapelle. The word "Ecurie" means "Racing Stable" or "Racing Team" in French and has been chosen in respect to a very successful Belgian motorsports team named "Ecurie Francorchamps". Racing has a history in the region around Aachen - race tracks like the famous Nürburgring or Spa-Francorchamps are just a one-hour drive away.