Triumph in its Maiden Race

SAE chapter of NITR has profuse accolades to its name. Recently, it added yet another feather to its already colourful hat at the Formula Student India Event. It was the first time that any team from NITR had participated in this highly reputed international event organised every year. Held at Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore, the track where Audi and Volkswagen regularly organise their rallies and tournaments in India, this six-day competition tested the top automobile teams from the country who sweat it out to make their presence felt. 

This highly prestigious contest, organised by SAE International in association with JK Tyres India, was intensely judged by scrutinisers were from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.Thedesign judges were the world renowned Pat Clarke and Claude Rouelle who judge various FSAE events around the globe.

A total of 84 teams had registered for the event while only 44 were shortlisted for the main track event after the conduction of a quiz on the rule book. With many world class vehicles participating, Team Roadrunner managed to secure an impressive overall rank of 14. They were also ranked 4th in the cost event, 12th in the business plan and 22nd the design. With only 11 teams qualifying for the final track event, the endurance test, after successfully clearing the technical inspection, Team Roadrunner was one of them. Also, NITR's team fared the best among the other three NITs who had qualified for the event. 

Team Roadrunner expresses its gratitude to its sponsors for their support, namely, ACE Commercials, SAIL, NALCO, IDCO, NTPC and GRIDCO and the institute for their financial assistance for the successful making of this vehicle. 

With their brilliant performance in the first attempt, Team Roadrunner is gearing up for Formula Student India 2016 as well as the Supra SAE scheduled this year. For the next competition, their major focus is to reduce the weight of their present vehicle, improve the steering and perk up the aesthetics of the car. Plans are being chalked out to bring sleek racing tyres from USA and rims from Italy for a better drive and performance next year. More innovations shall be introduced in the arena of electronics for the next vehicle apart from the ECU unit imported from USA already installed this time.

"SAE has been allotted a budget of INR 5 lacs. Annually, four vehicles are fabricated for four different events, viz. FSAE, BAJA, Efficycle and Ecokart. Since all of these events occur outside Orissa, transportation of each vehicle itself costs around INR 1 lac which is deducted from the SAE budget. This leaves insufficient finds for the manufacturing of the vehicles. I would like to appeal to the concerned authorities that there should a separate budget allocation for the transportation of vehicles so that the development of the vehicle can be undergone smoothly without any financial crunch"

said Sarthak Rout, the president of SAE, NITR Chapter.

Team MM congratulates the team for its victorious participation in its maiden attempt and wishes them all the luck for their future races.