Haldia emerges as one of the strong contenders for Formula India 2017

India’s very own Formula One Car Racing Competition, 2017 will be witnessing a group of young blood this time as strong contenders for the said competition. This competition is held every year at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu where it provides a platform for young racing aspirants to fulfill their dreams. The car is self-manufactured by the students of Mechanical Engineering Department of Haldia Institute of Technology and it will be taking part in the competition on 25th January, 2017 along with 60 other colleges from all over India.

Started in 2014, this competition has been giving a consistent platform to the college students to showcase their talent ever since. HIT has always had a keen interest to take part in the competition ever since its inception, the students are all geared up this time also to give a tough competition to other participating colleges and are also hoping to break their previous record.

HIT has been working on this dream project for last eight months at a stretch under the able guidance of Mr. Sanjoy Naskar, Asssistant Professor, HIT. In total 35 students from the Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering and Electrical Engineering Departments are actively involved in this project. This car has a unique amalgamation of both aesthetics and modernity. The car was manufactured in the college campus itself by the students with the help of their unique ideas, outlook and help from the various faculty members. The car is 2.8 mts in length, 1.8 mts in breadth and 1.5 mts in height. The total manufacturing cost of this car is 5 lacs. The materials brought in for scaffolding and assembling the car are technologically attractive as well.  It has a motorbike engine and a motorbike suspension. The outer body of the car is made by the fiber sheets. The car has been manufactured by taking into consideration all the safety measures required for saving the driver from coming into contact with any fatal accident.

The racing car is named after one of the former students of the college who was an active member of this project. Last year, Manab Barman, after whom the racing car is named as Team Manab , had met with a train accident while returning to Malda from Haldia. After his untimely death, his friends decided to dedicate this project to their “dear friend”. When asked about their experience, Harsh Rana and Ankit Prasad, students of HIT, couldn’t hold back their excitement. They said, “Every year we participate in this competition. But this time we have come up with a unique idea and we hope to win the race!” In appreciation of his students, the Head of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Prof (Dr.) Goutam Kumar Bose has said, “The College provides with the infrastructure and the credit for the completion of the project goes entirely to the students and their incessant hard work and guidance of the faculty members. I hope they pass with flying colours!”

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