An Enthralling Performance: ASME HPVC 2016
Team Blue Streak 3.0, the official HPVC team of ASME NIT Rourkela Chapter, participated in the Human Powered Vehicle Challenge India, 2016 at the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore from the 17th to 19th of March 2016. The team was one of the 41 teams to qualify for the event from the 59 participating teams after the Qualification round held earlier in November. The three day event comprised of four rounds which evaluated the vehicles on the basis of Design, Innovation, Drag and Endurance. It started with the Total Inspection of the vehicle on the very first day in which the team cleared with ease. On the same day, teams had to present a presentation on the critical design features and innovations which was followed by a Question and Answer Round. To every ones delight the team was placed second in the design event next only to Chandigarh University who were the overall winners of the event.
The penultimate day saw the 34 teams clash to secure the top position in the Drag Race and bag 25 points. The round started with a qualifying race where in the Blue Streak was seeded 4th out of 32, after completing 350m in just 61 seconds. However, the joy was short lived as they lost their first race to the ultimate winners, the B.H. Gardi College of Engineering. Another loss could result the team to be out of the competition. But the female driver, Archana Rath kept the hopes of the team alive by winning three consecutive races on a trot and ensured that the team reached the final 16. They finally lost the fourth race which turned out to be a nail biting finish. The team was ranked 9th.
With 75% of the competition already over, the teams now had to prove their worth in endurance event organised on the final day. All the teams had to run their vehicles for 2.5 hours using as many drivers, including both male and female, as they could. Team Blue Streak went in with 5 drivers including one female driver and made a total of 34 laps in the stipulated time thus helping them secure the 10th position. The event concluded with a valedictory function in the evening, where Team Blue Streak was felicitated with mementoes and certificates for being 2nd in the design event and 9th overall.
With hopes and aspirations high, the team plans to participate both in HPVC India and HPVC East (USA) in the upcoming year and has already started working on garnering sponsors for the same. In its last endeavour in 2015 the team had failed to successfully transport the vehicle thus putting them out of the league. This time however, the team worked hard upon its logistics, along with the design and the aesthetics and has certainly impressed everyone with its performance. Reflecting on the overall experience Kukkadapu Nishanth, captain, Team Bluestreaks said,
I’m really happy that our sleepless nights have finally paid off. The results were possible only because of the contribution from each and every member of the team. We promise that we would perform even better next year.
Team MM congratulates the team and hopes for its success in its future endeavours.