The College of Engineering Pune (CoEP) team Nemesis won the Baja SAE tournament for the fourth consecutive year at Indore on Monday. Organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers, the competition requires students to make an all-terrain vehicle completely on their own.
It examines the practical knowledge of students through various aspects such as innovation, design and build quality. Nemesis had won the tournament on three occasions before this. It had also participated in two international events-in Pretoria, South Africa (2013) and International Baja, Maryland, USA (2015)-where they were listed among the top 10 designs, among 120 universities from nine countries.
This year 395 colleges from India had participated in the Baja SAE, out of which 179 participated in the the main event. After the college level technical inspection, 144 vehicles made it to the final list, and 18 vehicles were disqualified in on-sight inspection, paving way for 126 contestants at the start-up line.
Despite the increased length of the track and more hurdles, the average lap time came down to 23 minutes this year, which was a result of improvement in design and power of ATVs. The best lap of endurance run was of seven minutes, while the highest number of laps completed was 10. Alard College of Engineering, Pune, came second in the overall competition while Chennai’s SRM University came third.
Nemesis also won the best engineering design award, best technology innovation award, best acceleration award and the best traction and suspension award. Their recently launched vehicle MK X was driven by Shubham Vatsa.
Speaking after the victory, team captain Swapnil Jadhav said, “MK X was our 10th vehicle since 2007. We spend most of our engineering life (sometimes even 24 hours) in a workshop where we shape our dream of engineering excellence. Since 2013, we’ve been winning this competition. The team had started working on the new vehicle immediately after winning the tournament last year.”
Jadhav added that the team received a boost when they outclassed IITs and NITs in the qualification round known as virtual baja. Talking about the competition, he said, “We made a mark in each dynamic and static event. Our innovations in Brake Calioper and Rear Suspension led us to innovation award. In the endurance race, unfortunately we were hit by another car. And because of that, the vehicle had to come to the pit twice. But despite that, the team fought back, living up to our motto, ‘It’s Podium or Nothing’. Our overall performance made us the champions of 2016.”