Indian Students from BITS Pilani’s Dubai Campus win big at Formula Student Netherlands 2022


New Delhi, July 25: BITS Pilani’s Dubai Campus, in yet another feat, Indian students , have won the coveted third spot at the Formula Student Netherlands 2022 competition (FSN). Team Al Fursan, comprising 14 Indian students of BITS Dubai Motorsports Club, in association with M.A.H.Y Khoory & Co. LLC, was the only team to have been selected for Formula Student Netherlands 2022 from the Middle East and North Africa region, which then competed with 18 teams from some of the best universities all over the world.

FSN is the Dutch edition of the world’s largest student engineering competition, which challenges students to understand, design, and develop a formula-style racing car. The event took place from July 11-14 at Assen TT Circuit known for its high-speed corners, long straights and world-class events such as MotoGP and DTM. 

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With the support of Dr Srinivasan Madapusi, Director, BPDC and Faculty In-Charge Dr. Priyank Upadhaya and various other faculty and staff members of BPDC, the 14-member team comprising engineering students from multidisciplinary groups of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus came together in the fall of 2021 with the sole purpose of designing a car focused on ‘Driver Ergonomics’. The indigenously-built car was designed specifically considering the health aspects, comfort and safety of a driver, drawing upon biology, psychology, engineering and design that created vehicle environments in which drivers have a lower chance of injury. The team built a Formula Student Car in the BITS Pilani Dubai Campus adhering to the rules and regulations of the Formula Student Rule book.

Dr. Srinivasan Madapusi, Director, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, said, “One of the biggest factors that sets BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus apart is the career-focused style of education. With competitions like FSN our students get so much real-world work experience in the field before graduation. This is an excellent example of translation of learning in the classroom to a high-performance application environment accompanied by highly efficient use of resources. It also underscores the passion, enterprise and teamwork displayed by our students. The Formula Student Netherlands is one of the biggest of its kind, competition at a European and a global level. I am proud of the win and we at BPDC are grateful for all the support from the faculty and sponsors who have made this commendable achievement possible.”

These hardworking students overcame the hurdles of supply-chain logistics during the pandemic and funding, were able to finish the project on time, thanks to their mentors and guides. Dr Upadhyaya said, “Two of these boys were doing their summer internship when they approached me and told me about their plans. I encouraged them to start the process, saying, & I’ll endeavour to bring in whatever support I can.’ That’s how they took up the challenge and finally participated in the competition.”

“Challenges were manifold. One of them was that no initial documentation to guide us around was available. We had to spend a lot of time learning about things. For the first time, we were building this car as a team in the UAE, and we couldn’t find many suppliers of components and parts in the GCC market. We had to check around in different countries.” explained Adhav Kumaravel a fourth-year Mechanical Engineering student.

Adding to the accolades, the hard-working student group has also been picked for Solution Bharat – FS Bharat – an Indian Formula Student-style engineering design competition.

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Team member Mr. Shobal Philip Roy said, “It took us 9 months to plan, execute and complete the car; we started off with a blank paper and then worked throughout to build a racecar that we engineered ourselves. It’s great being part of such a passionate and dedicated group, the entire team is eager to learn, adapt and execute things that are new to them under difficult circumstances. I appreciate my team for their constant support and cooperation throughout all stages of development. We aim to develop more cars in the coming years that will be eco-friendlier and lean with high performance and efficiency. We thank all the sponsors that supported us with monetary and technical help. We hope they extend their support in the coming years as well.”

In wake of the CBSE announcing the results recently, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus is a natural choice for your child who is interested in developing an all-round personality. The internationally-acclaimed branch of India-based BITS Pilani – an Institution of national repute is known for providing technical education of the highest standards. BITS Pilani Dubai is internationally reputed and one of the largest institutions offering exclusive engineering programmes in the vibrant city of Dubai. So far, nearly 6000 students have graduated from the Dubai campus. These graduates are employed in thousands of firms, which include prestigious companies around the world such as Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Siemens, L&T, Emirates Airlines, Honeywell, Petrofac, Schlumberger, PwC and more , or have completed or pursuing Masters and Doctoral degrees in more than 75 leading universities worldwide. Many are successful entrepreneurs. There are already 45 start ups initiated by the Dubai Campus students.

About BITS Pilani Dubai Campus:

BITS Pilani Dubai carries a strong legacy, being an international branch of the most reputed and accredited Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani, India. It is the largest institution exclusively offering engineering programmes in Dubai. Located in the vibrant Dubai International Academic City, it is home to several aspiring Engineers from U.A.E., other Gulf Countries, India the Far East, Africa and other countries around the world with opportunity applicable equally to all students.

About FSN:

FSN is the latest addition (since 2017) to a series of international events that date back to the 1980’s. Like most other events FSN is organized by engineering alumni, with over 100 volunteers working on the event to accommodate participating teams from universities from all over the world. As FSN is the first event on the European Tour calendar, means FSN in particular has a very strong focus on safety and regulations.

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