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22nd May 2015: “SUPRA SAEINDIA 2015” is the 4th edition of an excitingly designed competition conceived to inculcate and harness talent, hone the skills of engineering students from all over India.  Students  from  various Engineering colleges across India form  teams,  and  create  a  virtual  design,  build  a prototype and test their own formula type race car. The project fuels the exuberance of the youth by providing teams a platform to test their mettle, giving them a pragmatic exposure to real world challenges as faced in the industry.  The goal of the competition is to provide the aspiring engineers a unique platform for entry level hands-on automotive design and manufacturing experience. Apart from engineering and design skills, the competition also assesses their capability for team-work, entrepreneurship and management skills with a real life Industry work environment.

The event has three stages over a period of one year. The first stage is a Virtual Design Round which is an eliminating round and the second stage comprise series of training programs on Design Software, Manufacturing techniques, Sourcing, costing and driving to the students, enabling them to manufacture their cars. The teams which are successful in manufacturing their cars as per specifications will be eligible for the final event. The event will take place from16th to 19th July 2015 at Madras Motor Racing Track (MMRT) Chennai.

According to Mr. Prashant K Banerjee, Convener, SUPRA SAEINDIA 2015 & Head Homologation and Product Evaluation, Tata Motors LTD “The 4 day event at MMRT will have renowned industry experts analyzing the engineering design reports, marketing presentation, cost analysis, acceleration, fuel economy, skid pad  and endurance test of the offered vehicles by the participating teams. The challenge to the engineering student is to constantly innovate and bring about changes for reduction in weight, fuel economy and increased efficiency in transmission. The students are guided and mentored by industry professionals and faculty advisers who are imparted training and guidance by technical experts of SAEINDIA .The event will be judged by a panel of eminent experts from the FMSCI (Federation of Motor Sports Club in India) and the experts from automotive industry. The students were given one year’s time to prepare their prototype and we have 104 teams from various colleges across India participating in the competition.”

Mr.Sirish Vissa, Technical Committee Chair SUPRA SAEINDIA 2015& Head Volkswagen Motorsports India Stated that, “In this process, students learn to develop a design, understand the process of new product development, industrial procurement, manufacturing, assembly and prototyping. The selected prototypes are then tested in standard test conditions to measure parameters like maneuverability, technological innovation, endurance, fuel economy, performance and stability. The objective of this event is to bring out the latent talent of students so that it fulfills the MAKE IN INDIA policy under Automotive Mission Plan (AMP 2016) and create an International Automotive Hub in India.”

Mrs. Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Chairperson SAEINDIA Western Section & Director ARAI,said, “Participants in the competition will need to drive their own cars, which they have conceived, designed and fabricated. The specifications of the car frame and engine arerestricted so that the imagination, creativity and knowledge of the students are challenged. Students realize their talent though such an experience, making them proven candidates for the future as technocrats, entrepreneurs, designers, innovators and leaders.”

M/S Maruti Suzuki India Limited is sponsoring this event for the 4th Time as theTitle Sponsor. Other sponsors include Continental Automotive, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd., BOSCH, ALTAIRANSYS, ARAI, Viper Hobbies, Canara Bank, Automotive Test Systemsand Roots and Many More.

SAEINDIA- The Society of Automotive Engineers, India, is a professional engineering society of Automotive Engineers, whose vision is to continuously enrich the knowledge base of practitioners in the mobility industry and institutions in the service of humanity. It is an affiliate of the SAE International based in U.S.A.

SAE International is a global association of more than 138,000 engineers and related technical experts in the Aerospace, Automotive and Commercial-Vehicle Industries from over 117 countries in the world. SAE’s primary objectives are life-long learning and voluntary consensus standards development.

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