BIT formula car rated fifth best in exhibition
The 'Srijan Formula' cars designed by the students of Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra brought laurels for the state and the country as they finished second in one event and bagged the fifth position overall in a group during the Formula Student prix in United Kingdom.
This was no mean feat considering the fact that teams from 72 universities from all over the world had congregated at the Silverstone Circuit, UK, to participate in the event organised by the SAE & ImechE to promote engineering and design at undergraduate level.
The BITians might have won more awards but for the fact that their cars reached the venue some two days late forcing them out of several events.
The whole tour seems to have been jinxed from the very start. The First Flight courier service had made the arrangements to send the cars via Kolkata airport, but changes had to be made as all flights got cancelled due to heavy rains. The cars were sent to Delhi but it failed to get customs' clearance. Reason: Cars were packed in a metal cage. Soon, it was repacked in a wooden cage and thus the cars began their journey to London.
Another problem arose. British Airways officials had forgotten the custom clearance papers in India. It was brought to London by next flight, after 17 hours resulting in loss of another day.
The BITians were scheduled to participate in the event under two categories - Class I and Class II but delays forced them miss Class I events. However, they managed to compete in the endurance event. But just as they completed eight laps, a leakage in the radiator was detected and they had to withdraw.
However, all was not lost as the BITians secured second position in the presentation programme under Class II category. They also bagged the 5th position overall in Class II group.
Ankur Agarwal, one of the team members said, "It was really unfortunate for us to get delayed. But it was a good experience for us. Many parts of the car had got damaged in the transit. It was not in a running condition. However, we received support from students of different countries and even the judges and organisers."
Ashish, another team member added, "Instituto Superiro Tecnico from Italy bagged the first position."
BIT Vice-Chancellor Dr SK Mukherjee said, "This was the first time that we had sent our team to this event. Initially there were some problems, but I suppose it is a great achievement."
The ‘Srijan Formula’ team comprised of students named - Vishal Gupta, Nirbhai Chadha, Ankur Agarwal, Prateek Dhabu, Ashish Gupta, Parikshit Gupta, Hitesh Manchanda, Gaurav Jhingran, Aloke Ghosh, Mohammad Musa and Arbind Kumar.