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(PNEC and NUST once again achieved seemingly impossible task
KARACHI:14 July: Creativity seldom comes without a cost. And when the object to be created is as splendid as a racing car, the cost has to be incurred in millions, an amount certainly not imaginable for students to afford.

Students of Pakistan Navy Engineering College (PNEC) – a constituent college of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) – have, however, once again achieved the seemingly impossible task. They have designed and assembled a formula racing car at their workshop at PNEC to participate this year in Formula Student – a global competition for engineering students in which students have to design and assemble a formula racing car and raise funds to do so all by themselves.

Around 28 PNEC students, divided in three teams, worked continuously for several months to get their car in final shape. An amount of Rs5 million was required for the task, which included registration for the competition, purchase, import and modification of parts, assembling the car and shipping it to Germany. Despite being engineering students who had not studied marketing or finance and who had not been trained in pitching business ideas, the PNEC students raised the whole amount themselves through sponsors.

The competition

Formula Student is organised annually by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). In 2018, it will be held in Hockenheimring in Germany. Around 65 teams from universities around the globe will be participating in the competition.

In order to enter into the event, the teams have to pass an online theoretical test that is conducted at the same time across the world.

It is not only the design of the car and its attributes such as acceleration and top speed that are judged at the event as there are separate competitions, called static events, in which top teams are announced for how best they made a presentation on the design of their car or how best they raised finances for it.

There are three static events in Formula Student in which every team can participate. However, to participate in competitions involving the car, called dynamic events, the car needs to be good enough to be allowed on the racing track. For this, every car produced by the participating teams has to undergo a technical inspection.

Once the car is approved in the technical inspection, it can compete in four dynamic events for acceleration, endurance, autocross and efficiency. There attributes are calculated individually for every car that has cleared the inspection and there is no race among competing cars.
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