In June this year, a team of racers representing LPU was among the top 21 teams of the total 132 who successfully completed Endurance Run after successfully clearing 5 days of rigorous Technical Scrutiny, Brake Test, Noise Test at Supra SAEINDIA 2018. Despite being one of the most poorly funded teams, the team managed to secure an overall 13th position, ahead of many teams from IITs and NITs including IIT Patna, IIT Guwahati, NIT Jalandhar, NIT Warangal, NIT Raipur, NIT Hamirpur, IIT Birsa, NIT Patna, KIIT, SRM, VIT and Amity University.
Supra SAEINDIA organizes racing events every year allowing the engineering students to incorporate the theoretical knowledge gained in the classrooms into practical application in an awesome and fun way. The races held at Formula 1 racetrack- Buddh International Circuit require the engineering students to race in cars designed and fabricated by themselves.
The Illuminati Racers consist of 25 hardworking engineering students of LPU from various disciplines (Mechanical, Automobile, and Mechatronics). The team members handle academic learning and also work on such a grand project side by side. In fact, the journey was never smooth and easy for them. After attending lectures from 9 am to 5 pm, they work in their lab from 6 pm to up to 3 or 4 am in the morning. Right now, the team is bracing themselves for Formula Bharat in Coimbatore (Janurary 2019).
The team is well managed and has some of the most dedicated, hardworking and definitely the most passionate students. They raised INR 8 lakhs for Supra SAEINDIA 2018 by organizing events like International Go-Kart Championship, Technovation, Workshops, etc in LPU. They are now aiming for international formula student events like Formula Student Germany 2019 and Formula Student Austria 2019. Their dedication and passion for racing cars are inspiring. The braking head and marketing chief of the team, Iftikar Zaman says, “Powered by an inline 4-cylinder Kawasaki Ninja zx6r 600cc, 128bhp engine, we are all set to slay student formula races in India and Europe.”
Asst. Prof. Sumit Kanchan, Automobile Engineering and Asst. Prof. C.H. Patel, CAD/CAM & Mechatronics mentored the Illuminati Racers in their pursuit of success. The team is highly grateful for their mentorship and support. Being entirely comprised of students, the Illuminati Racers are short of funds and are looking forward to gaining support and sponsorship so that they can make the university and the country proud by representing India at international events.