Jalandhar: Maruti Suzuki India Limited (MSIL) & Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAEINDIA) conducted six-day long ‘Formula Car Designing’ contest, where Mechanical Engineering Students’ team ‘Illuminati Racers’ of Lovely Professional University clinched 2nd position among competing 126 teams from across India including top IITs’. Over 3000 students from various engineering institutions, including top IITs and NITs across India had competed in the event. Occasion was 6th edition of ‘Supra SAEINDIA 2017’ contest held at Buddha International Circuit, Greater Noida. This mechanical engineering top skills-competition aimed to provide students an innovative, hands-on and out-of-classroom education to prove their capability in designing formula prototype car and its plying on the destined circuit with stipulated number of laps. LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal congratulated the students’ team and invoked all other students to keep the winning spirit ever up.
In this six-day long inter-college formula car competitive event, students conceived, designed and fabricated the ‘prototype’ based on predefined rules and design standards of SAE International. To conform to international guidelines, LPU team’s prototype went through strict levels of scrutiny including Technical Inspection (Scrutiny, Tilt Test, Noise and Brake Test), Static events (Cost, Marketing & Design presentations), and Dynamic events (Acceleration, Skid pad, Autocross & Endurance).
Out of participating 126 teams, only 30 teams were able to clear the ‘Technical Inspection’ and ‘Static Round’ to qualify for ‘Dynamic events’, and LPU team ‘Illuminati Racers’ was one of them. LPU team won the second place in the Autocross event and was honoured with cash award & a winning trophy. LPU Formula car was designed by a group of 25 students from School of Mechanical Engineering, which was guided by Head of the School (HOS) Prof Gurpreet Singh Phull and Assistant Prof Sumit Kanchan. LPU Students’ Team Captain and Driver-1 was Rishabh Shukla, and Vice-Captain and Driver-2 was Akshay Zerath.
During the honouring ceremony, Executive Advisor Maruti Suzuki India & Chairman Engineering Education Board (SAE India) Mr I V Rao; President, SAEINDIA Dr R K Malhotra; Executive Director (Engineering) Maruti Suzuki India & Chairman Supra 2017 Mr C V Raman; and, Executive Director (Marketing & Sales) Maruti Suzuki India Mr R S Kalsi graced the occasion to encourage and award the winning students in different categories.