The Times of India | TNN | Aug 29, 2016 |
COIMBATORE: The grand finale of go-kart championship, which was organised to provide a racing platform and impart automobile engineering skills among students across the country, was held on Sunday on Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology campus here. Besides contesting, the students also bagged job offers at the event. A total of 18 students, who proved their skills during the karting championship, were offered jobs by DCM Engineering Ltd, Punjab, and Tech Imperial Pvt Ltd, Punjab. As many as 54 teams from 13 states took part in the four-day event jointly organised by the JK Tyres, Imperial Society of Innovation Engineers (ISIE) and Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology. “The event was announced in September last and colleges were given 10 months to design the kart. A total of 62 teams registered with us to participate in the contest,” said ISIE president Vinodh Gupta. “They had to clear an inspection round, where we checked their merit to be a contestant,” he said.
Experts from ISIE visited the teams at their respective campuses and inspected the vehicles and discussed the specifications with the teams. “The teams were asked to submit a video of the kart and the ones 80% ready for the race were selected for the finals here,” Gupta said. “Our intention, as an institute that trains students on automobile engineering skills, was to test their potential in designing and engineering,” he added. The opening ceremony mainly featured interactions with experts from the field. The second day saw technical inspection and brake test, and the cars were tested on skid pads and autocross on the third day. Students also exhibited their design and innovation on the third day. On Sunday, the cars were tested for endurance and fuel economy. Students of Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology stood out in one aspect of design as they used radio frequency identification in the car. “This allows only the car’s owner to start the vehicle, thus preventing theft. A technology that could be seen in future cars,” said the college principal, A Ramesh. Many cars were designed in such a way to reduce emissions. “Students used nano filters to reduce carbon emissions,’ Ramesh said. While the organisers used the platform to nurture technical skills of students, JK Tyre Motorsports has identified potential racers for domestic competitions. “We have been able to identify two or three potential racers through such contests every year. We train them at Kari Motor Speedway for two days and prepare them for national-level competitions,” said M Krishna Kumar of J K Tyre Motorsports. – Courtesy