Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) today announced the launch of the sixth edition of SUPRA SAEINDIA 2017, which is organised in association with the Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAEINDIA). The company provides an opportunity for aspiring young engineers to conceive, design and fabricate a small Formula car through SUPRA SAEINDIA. This initiative is aimed at promoting engineering skill development in India, with over 3,000 engineering students from 126 teams expected to compete in designing the Formula Prototype car. The teams will compete with their cars from 26 June to 1 July, 2017, at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida.
C V Raman, Executive Director- Engineering, MSIL and Chairman, SUPRA 2017 OC, said the competition provides a platform for students at a young age to amalgamate their theoretical knowledge with practical real-world experience. It is heartening to see students using their creativity and imagination to conceive, design and build vehicles with the limited resources at their command, he added.
SUPRA has been evolving over the years and last year’s event at BIC has raised the level of the event to international standards, noted R K Malhotra, President, SAEINDIA. He said that SUPRA 2017 promises to be more exciting with students investing a lot of time, energy and resources to come out with new designs that help them in becoming better engineers.
I V Rao, Executive Advisor, MSIL and Chairman, Engineering Education Board - SAE India, said the organisers have been continuously stressing that teams should learn from previously-faced problems and come with new improved designs. “I am happy to know that this year student teams have prepared well in advance and many of them have already conducted trial runs of the cars in their college premises. I expect a much higher level of quality of the cars in this edition of Supra,” Rao added.
SAE India SUPRA was first introduced in 2011 to provide students with an innovative, hands-on and out-of-classroom education, and a platform to prove their capability in designing a formula prototype car. Students conceive, design and fabricate the prototype based on predefined rules and design standards of SAEInternational, in this inter-college formula car event. The prototypes go through strict levels of scrutiny including Technical Inspection (scrutiny, tilt test, noise and brake test), Static Events (cost, marketing and design presentations), Dynamic events (acceleration, skid pad, autocross and endurance).