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Tuesday , January 21 , 2014
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NIT gears up for hot wheels

- National-level automobile design contest from Thursday

Adityapur-based National Institute of Technology (NIT) is all revved up.

The tech cradle is gearing up to organise eastern India’s first national-level design competition of single-seater four-wheelers.

The event, named Delta Shootout, will be organised on the campus from January 23 to 26 and will test the engineering skills of participants.

Adityapur Auto Cluster Limited (AACL) has joined hands with Adityapur Industrial Area Development Authority (Aiada) and Adityapur Small Industries Association to organise the contests. Delta Inc and AMEXIS Professionals Pvt. Ltd. are the partners.

Chairman of organising committee R.K. Sinha said the event would draw students from 14 auto-engineering cradles from across the country.

“This is a one-of-its-kind competition, which will test the skills of aspiring race engineers and driving expertise of future racers. The four-wheelers will be built according to given specifications and will run a four-hour endurance test,” said Sinha, who is also president of Adityapur Small Industries Association.

He added that the purpose of the event was to provide a platform to young engineers to showcase their talents.

Moreover, the contest would also help automobile industries identify the best brains whom they can rope in when they set up R&D facilities, he said.

Secretary of organising committee Pramod Kumar Singh said AACL played a key role in initiating a discussion on organising the event with Aiada managing director Himani Pande and former industry secretary Vandana Dadel.

The authorities then asked the auto cluster to host the event, which is a step towards developing Adityapur into an automobile hub.

Singh informed that chief secretary R.S. Sharma would inaugurate the four-day event.

NIT professor Sanjay Kumar, who is also an expert on motorsports, said efforts were being made to make the event one of the best in the country.

“An all-terrain track will be developed for the endurance test on our campus. The track will have dust roads, slush areas, sandpits and boulder roads,” he said, adding that around 1,000 students were expected to take part.

Kumar added that east India had a rich tradition of motor racing and the event would promote and inspire future racers and race engineers to come together.