The ‘Hot Wheels’ team from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BIT), Sathyamangalam, which won the national final of the ‘Freescale Cup – 2013’, will take part in the international final to be held in China in August.
Addressing presspersons here on Tuesday, the institute’s Chairman S.V. Balasubramaniam, said this was the first time an Indian team was being represented at the international level of the competition, which involves the student team to build, programme, and race a model car around a track.
The Freescale Cup, organised by the Freescale Semiconductors India Private Limited, in association with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, and Indian Institute of Science, is being organised for the last three years. This year, the competition was held in three nodal centres across India, one of which was BIT.
Out of the 242 teams, 21 made it to the final round. Out of this, 11 teams were from BIT.
The winning team of K. Karthick, C. Naveen Kumar, and Jagdsh L.K. Chand, all from fourth-year Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE) department, completed the race in a record time of 20.04 seconds. They won a purse of Rs. 2 lakh at Bangalore.
Another team ‘Speedracers’ consisting of B. Deepika, C. Gayathri, and R. Kanimozhi, from ECE, bagged the fourth place at a time of 23 seconds and received a purse of Rs. 25,000.
The competition involved the students to develop a prototype racing car that followed a line around a track that had a circumference of 34 metres.
Freescale provided the technical support. Students got to develop the car at the BIT-Freescale Embedded Systems Laboratory on the campus.
The six students along with their faculty, K. Muthukumar, Manager – University Programmes, Freescale, A.M. Natarajan, Chief Executive of the institute, and A. Shanmugam, Principal of the institute, were present to explain about the competition.