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ACHIEVERS: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal (fourth from the right) with the ‘Formula Manipal’ team and its formula car in Manipal on Saturday.
ACHIEVERS: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal (fourth from the right) with the ‘Formula Manipal’ team and its formula car in Manipal on Saturday.

Staff Correspondent

The car took part in the Formula Student 2009 event in U.K.

Manipal: Pro-Chancellor of Manipal University H.S. Ballal on Saturday unveiled the formula car manufactured by 32 students of Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) here on Saturday.

This car will be on public display at the institute. The car had participated in the Formula Student 2009 competition held at Silverstone in the U.K. from July 16 to 19.

“Formula Manipal”, as the team of 32 students is called, was ecstatic at their performance.

Although 126 universities from 23 countries registered for the event, after preliminary screening, only 82 universities remained in the competition.

Six universities from India, including Manipal University, participated in the competition. They were IIT-Mumbai, IIT-Delhi, Thapar University, Delhi College of Engineering and Indraprastha University. Manipal University was ranked 68th in the competition.

The evaluation was based on seven parameters; cost analysis, presentation, design, acceleration, skid pad, sprint and endurance. The competition is all about excellence in engineering and the students were challenged to design, build, develop, market and compete as a team. The objective therefore was to design and manufacture a high performance car in terms of its acceleration, braking, handling and reliability aspects. Points were given for each of these aspects. Two drivers were to do 11 laps each to evaluate its race worthiness.

Faculty Advisor of “Formula Manipal” K. Jagannath said that while students of MIT worked for seven months to manufacture the car, the teams from foreign countries had worked for a year.

“Our students slogged it out to manufacture the car. But this experience exposed them to various challenges,” he said.

Rachit Mathur, student leader of “Formula Manipal”, said the biggest drawback of the car was its weight as it weighed 340 kg. The other cars were in the range of 160 to 250 kg. “We will have to reduce the weight of the car. The cars manufactured by the students of foreign universities were using the expensive carbon monocoque material. We will do better next year,” he said. Formula Manipal was taking part in the event for the second time.

Registrar (International Programmes) Vinod Bhat, Registrar G.K. Prabhu, Director of Institute Somnath Mishra were among those present.

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