Two engineering students from Bhopal, who were part of a team that developed a formula-type car, have represented India at Formula Student in Germany’s Hockenheim town.
Formula Student is Europe’s educational motorsport competition run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. This year, over 130 teams from 30 countries took part in the event that concluded last week.
Siddharth Sethi, 20 and Aagosh Mishra, 21, are studying B.Tech in Vellore University and part of core team Pravega. Sethi and Mishra said they were always crazy about cars and their engines.
“Students build a single seat formula race car with which they can compete against teams from all over the world. The competition is not won solely by the team with the fastest car, but rather by the team with the best overall package of construction, performance, and financial and sales planning,” Sethi, who did his schooling from city-based Campion, told HT.
Mishra, who was a student of Bal Bhavan in the city, said: “I always aspired to be a mechanical engineer. Student Formula was a dream come true.”
“With the help of our team leader Tribhuvan Singh, we were not only able to leave a mark in the finals but we also secured first position in Asia in the qualifying quiz. A team has to pass this online quiz test to be able to participate in the competition. We came third from across the world, which boosted our confidence a lot,” he said.
On being asked about the format of the competition, Sethi said, “Teams take on the assumption that they are a manufacturer developing a prototype to be evaluated for production. The target audience is the non-professional weekend racer, for whom the race car must show excellent driving characteristics such as acceleration, braking and handling.”
Mishra said, “This is definitely the biggest exposure any mechanical engineering student can get. There were 75 teams from across the world. We interacted with so many students. That is something classrooms can never give.”
Sethi said: “Our university participates every year in this competition. We work hard year-long for the same. Through this, we are able to apply theory to practice, learn about teamwork and time-management.”