Curtains to the 5th edition of the Supra SAEINDIA Formula Student came rolling down amidst a cheerful atmosphere of an exciting race at the Buddh International Circuit, here in the national capital region yesterday.
SAEINDIA, the Indian chapter of the Society of Automotive Engineers has been organizing the event for its fifth consecutive year, which sees students from engineering colleges across the country battle it out against each other in their quest to apply their technical knowledge on the ground by conceptualizing and developing a formula racing car.
Guarded by a standard rule book, the Formula Supra requires teams to build a single-seat race vehicle, using an engine having a maximum capacity of 600cc. With numerous other guidelines over the construction, dynamics and safety of the vehicle, students attempt their hand at designing the car by utilizing various computer aided tools like CATIA, Unigraphics, ANSYS, etc.
KRATOS RACING from P.C College of Engineering, Pune, came out to be the overall champions of the 2016 event, by topping the timing charts for the endurance race on a dry weekend, which required the teams to do five laps of the international circuit, each measuring a good 5.14 kilometers in distance.
Team No. 48, AMRITA RACING, the student group from Amrita College of Engineering, Chennai showed an exemplary performance by clinching the top spot for the best aesthetics amongst all vehicles, as well as by grabbing the second position for the Best Cost Award, for being able to build the car within a justified and realistic budget.
The 25 member team, which took the 3rd position overall had utilized its key learnings from its not so glorious history at the event and went on to prove that determination and dedication can make one conquer the toughest of challenges.
The Supra SAEINDIA saw its maximum participation coming in this year with 125 teams enrolling for the pan-India competition. 54 teams were able to qualify the judges’ testing parameters, which included both static as well as dynamic tests like Tilt & Noise, Braking, Steering, etc. Out of these 54 teams at the starting line of the endurance race on Sunday, 12 teams were able to finish till the last lap.
Country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) supported the event by being its title sponsor and students also received guidance from their college professors as well as from mentors coming in from Germany and Russia to share their expertise and know how.
The event also saw its maximum number of girl participants this year, with 200 girl students from various colleges playing key roles in the development of the respective vehicles of their colleges.
Speaking at the post-race valedictory function, Mr. R.S Kalsi, executive director, Marketing & Sales, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., said that Supra SAEINDIA has been providing a huge platform for students to be able to put across their technical abilities by working on such a project, which gives them immense exposure to learn and enhance their knowledge. He added that the learnings and the confidence gained out of the competition will eventually help the nation as a whole, when these students go on to be a part of the Indian automotive industry and keep innovating for the future.
Also speaking at the ceremony, Mr. C.V Raman, executive director, Engineering, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd., said that Supra SAEINDIA is a means for students to yearn for practical knowledge in their curriculum and implement it on the ground by fabricating a vehicle with their own hands. It is a base for students to put across their passion and also work within teams, in unison towards solving complex engineering problems and coming out with an experience which would help them in their careers.
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