Team Manipal to showcase its talent at Wisconsin

Team Manipal to showcase its talent at Wisconsin

Team Manipal Racing (TMR) will again compete at the Burlington, Wisconsin off-road competition, SAE BAJA Wisconsin to be held from June 7 to 10.

Their vehicle, “TMR V3”, was formally launched by the Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr Ramdas M Pai at the Health Sciences Library of Manipal University here on Monday. This is the third time that the Manipal Institute of Technology students will be participating in this event, organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), USA.

“It is a perfect platform to apply engineering knowledge and skills in a real world environment,” said team leader and captain, Siddharth Singh of third year mechanical, at the launch.

“We hope to do far better this time as we have brought in lot of improvements in our all terrain vehicle (ATV),” Siddharth said. 

It was at Wisconsin in 2009 that TMR made its first appearance and finished 97th out of 115 overall, and 14th in design. At Rochester in 2010, the team finished 62nd place.
 “Past experiences have helped us tremendously in the present venture to improve the vehicle in every way,” the team leader said.  TMR V3 features various technical advancements over previous designs; being one of India’s lightest BAJA car through extensive use of advanced, lightweight materials.

Besides, better electronics are being showcased on this year’s car by the inclusion of an onboard speedometer, various instrumentation gauges permitting real-time monitoring of various vehicle performance parameters from the pit-crew. The incorporation of a Limited Slip Differential (LSD) has drastically improved turning performance and stability.
 The team comprises 36 students divided into six technical and three management departments. 

The departments include suspension, steering, transmission, chassis, brakes and electronics under technical, while the management team is subdivided into finances, logistics and public relations. David Furtado, also a third year Mechanical student, is the manager of the team handling various business aspects. 

Preparations for this year’s race began in 2010 after the team decided to skip the 2011 event in Illinois, USA. That time was utilised to develop the design and come up with a better vehicle.  The final design was completed by mid-2011 and the fabrication began in October 2011. The team channelized more effort, squeezing in hours of work around college schedule to ensure the car’s completion by mid April. 

The cost of the vehicle is Rs 11 lakh and fund was raised with the help of sponsors. 

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