The 2016 JK Tyre Baja Student India and Formula Student India competitions commenced at the Buddh International Circuit on 21st January 2016. This event promotes healthy competition between various teams from top engineering colleges. Around 4000 students gathered at the Buddh Circuit to fight for the trophy. The final winners of 2016 JK Tyre Baja Student India will be announced on 26th January while the results of JK Tyre Formula Student India will be revealed on 28th January.
Raghupati Singhania, Chairman and MD of JK Tyre & Industries said, “We believe that competitions like FSI and BSI provide the next generation of engineers a platform to learn the real life applications of their classroom knowledge. The zeal that we see in these young engineers is extraordinary and surely reassuring for the future of India’s journey to becoming technologically at par with the world superpowers,”
Both JK Tyre Baja Student India (BSI) and JK Tyre Formula Student India (FSI) are student design competitions that emphasis’s on the engineering design of a given target (All terrain vehicle for Baja & Race car for Formula category). Moreover the teams have to adhere to strict guidelines and fixed timelines. This gives students a chance to experience real life project management and prepares them for future.
Idea behind the BSI and FSI is to improve the standards of domestic student design teams by exposing them to the international standards and guidelines.
The jury member consists of eminent motorsport veterans from India and abroad including Claude Rouelle who has 20 years of experience in working as a test, development and race engineer in several racing series including Formula 1, GT and Indy car. Moreover the panel also includes Cathy D’souza, Felix Scherke, Parag Rajda and Dr. Peter Jones.
Before the teams could put their vehicles on the test they have already undergone rigorous inspection in the pre-event phase. This includes Rules Quiz, Design Report & Design Spec Sheet, CAD Images, Cost Report & Bill of Materials tests.
During the on-ground stage, competing teams will have to go through two stages- Static & Dynamic. The static events comprises of three major aspect- Design, Business and Cost Events. The dynamic event comprises of Endurance and Fuel efficiency tests. Each team also includes two FMSCI-licence holding drivers. Even while these project cars might not be as fast a professional race cars, the stewards will be strict on adherence of regulations.