Proud moment-Nirma University bags best eBAJA team award

The 12th edition of SAE BAJA INDIA was organized by SAE INDIA (Society of Automotive Engineers) and ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) at Pithampur, Indore, Madhya Pradesh from 24th to 27th January 2019. The national level annual inter-college student event of ATV (All-Terrain Vehicle) testing and racing witnessed 170 teams in total from various reputed universities which included IITs and NITs battling it out for four days for achieving the ultimate glory. Out of 170 teams, 120 teams were competing for m-BAJA (petrol engine driven cars) and 50 teams locked horns for e-BAJA (battery driven electric cars) category. The team from Institute of Technology, Nirma University called as “Team Stallions” competed in both the categories of ATV car making with car numbers as “44” and “E143” for m-BAJA and e-BAJA respectively. The event spanning for four days included grilling technical and safety inspections, static events which had design, sales and cost evaluations to name a few and dynamic events which demanded the ATVs to be pushed to their maximum limits to endure the difficult terrain or tracks and emerge victorious. Team Stallions and their cars performed exceeding well in the said events by winning a galore of awards. The m-BAJA team won the Best Skill BAJA award for exhibiting exemplary manufacturing skills which included cutting, welding and bending of roll cage members or parts. The team was tested for these skills at the event venue and were adjudged best leading to a first prize award. The result of the said skill was evident in the sturdy design and overall weight of the car resulting to 126 kg which was appreciated by the judging panel at the event. Team e-BAJA won five awards. First in line was Sales and Marketing Award for preparing the best sales and marketing plan to sell the ATVs assuming that they would start a venture in the future for manufacturing the said ATV. The team also stood first in CAE (Computer Aided Engineering) category by capturing the top spot for doing elaborate computer software based mechanical, thermal and dynamic designs based analysis for the ATV. Best Acceleration prize was also awarded to team e-BAJA for having the best acceleration which was miles ahead of other competing teams. All the competing e-BAJA teams were also required to race their ATVs in an endurance race on a ruthless, demanding and difficult terrain of approximately 7 km length for a duration of 2 hours continuously. Team Stallions and their e-BAJA ATV endured the complete race and the demanding track without facing a single breakdown and won the race leading to an award. Finally on taking into account the points of all the events cumulatively, Team Stallions and their e-BAJA ATV representing Nirma University was conferred with Overall Champions Award to the team for the said feat. The performance of both the teams from Nirma University during BAJA SAE INDIA 2019 at Pithampur, Indore was stupendous and brought the single best haul of awards in the history of the event for Nirma University till date which was only possible due to the efforts and hard work of students.