Team Orion Racing India of KJ
Somaiya College of Engineering, Mumbai was declared the overall champions of
the first JK Tyre Formula Design Challenge
(FDC) 2015 were. Teams Formula Manipal (Manipal University) and Pravega
Racing (VIT University) stood second and third respectively.
The JK Tyre FDC 2015 was
organised by Delta Inc., which is run by B.Tech/ BE alumni from engineering
colleges across India including the IITs. After being shortlisted over the
year, the final 36 teams underwent various static inspections and competitions
in the Design, Business and Cost Events. These shortlisted teams then battled
out their prototype racing cars to prove their technological prowess at Kari
Motor Speedway near Coimbatore, between January 20 and 25, 2015.
In static events, Orion Racing
from K J Somaiya, Mumbai won Business Plan and Design events and NIT, Calicut’s
Team Unwired won the Cost event. In
dynamic events also KJ Somaiya performed well and won Endurance and Fuel
efficiency events. Manipal University’s Team Formula Manipal was the winner in
Acceleration and Skidpad events while Team Octane of COE Pune won the Autocross
The competition saw active
participation from students, faculty members and organisers during the 6 action
packed days. During these days, the venue was home to over 900 engineering
students from 36 engineering colleges from across India. Their designs were
evaluated by a panel, consisting of Ian Thomson, with a rich experience in the
international motorsports; Maria Bonilla-Torres, System Designer for Robert
Bosch GmbH and Felix Scherke, Research Engineer at Daimler.
Head-Motorsport, JK Tyre & Industries Limited, said, “JK Tyre has always
been at the forefront of promoting tyre research and motorsport in India. With
such a large young population and engineering talent, our country has the
potential to excel in the global automotive engineering scene...Congratulations
to Team Orion Racing for their excellent team work. It is very reassuring to
see such professionalism and expertise among these young engineers. They surely
have a bright future ahead.”
The winning members of Team
Orion Racing will get an opportunity to spend a day with JK Tyre’s race
engineers during one of the JK Tyre race weekends. This will give them real
time experience of what goes in a race pit.
“JK Tyre Formula Design
Challenge 2015' has seen immense enthusiasm among the Indian student community.
Despite it being the first year, we have seen some great designs from all
teams. We are thankful to JK Tyre and everyone who supported us to make the
initiative a success,” said Soumya Kanti Bose, convener, JK Tyre Formula Design
The last two days of FDC witnessed
close encounters among the teams across the three key events namely, the Auto
Cross, Skid Pad and Endurance test on the last day. On the final day, the
flagship event, the Endurance event declared KJ Somaiya as the first JK Tyre
Formula Design Challenge winner.
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