The School of Mechanical Engineering at Lovely Professional University (LPU) organized four-day seventh season of International Go-Kart Championship (IGC)-2019, where LPU Students’ team ‘Elite Strikers’ lifted First Runner-Up Trophy along with cash prize of Rs 60,000. For this Championship, 100+ teams from across India and abroad had registered, from which only 41 could make to the final racing round. For the final win, competitors raced their self-designed ‘Go Karts’ for ‘One & a Half Hour’ on ‘In-Campus Race-Track’ to excel other competing teams. Much awaited in the engineering students’ community, the event witnessed innovative engineering students’ go-karts speeding up efficiently on the campus.
The team ‘Chetak’ from Oriental Institute of Science & Technology, Madhya Pradesh, got Overall Championship’s Winner Trophy and the team Juggernauts of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology (SLIET) won second Runner Up trophy with the cash prize of Rs 30,000. In all, cash prizes worth Rs 4 Lakh were distributed to the best teams adjudged in different fields. Ten eminent Judges from top industry including HCL Technologies, Escort Motors, Republic Motors, Anglo Eastern Ship Management, Ed Mount, Oceaneering International Services and more judged the event.
During the initial phases and after pre-final rounds based on technical, endurance and dynamic tests, maximum laps were to be covered on the racing track within one and a half hour by all the finalized Go-Karts. The final teams used engines of 100 to 125cc in their vehicles for a top speed of 80 kms and an average speed of 40-50 kms per hour. The participating students had to design and fabricate their ‘Go-Karts’ in extremely low budget and weight, and to be fit for several tests and tasks.
LPU Society of Automotive Engineers & Collegiate Club (LPU-SAE CC) monitored the whole event. Explaining about the organization of the event, LPU Dean Dr Gurpreet Phull informed: “Our hundreds of student and faculty coordinators worked day & night to see this event come out successful in every aspect.” Some of the participating LPU students expressed their thanks to LPU which keeps on organizing such research-oriented, practical and innovative activities for student community as a whole.” Participating Girl-students seemed happy in working equally hard with boys. In fact, LPU SAE India Collegiate Club (LSCC) is LPU’s student organization which deals with the mechanical engineering projects.