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Team GS Racers from Indore win Baja SAE India 2014

26 Feb 2014 / 1
Former Senior Correspondent
Team GS Racers from  Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore

Team GS Racers from Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science, Indore

The 7th edition of Baja SAE India was just as action packed and filled with as many thrills and spills as we have come to expect over the last six years. The 2014 edition of the competition saw as many as 325 engineering colleges send in entries, out of which 125 qualified for the final event held at the NATRIP (National Automotive Testing and R&D Infrastructure Project) facility in Pitampur, Indore.

Tackling the obstacle course in the dynamic challenge

Tackling the obstacle course in the dynamic challenge

The event started off with the static evaluations of the buggies on Friday. The off-roaders were evaluated based on their design, technical innovations and cost while the students also had to market their vehicles to the panel of judges.  Saturday saw the prototypes face the first set of challenges in the dynamic event.  Here the acceleration, speed, manoeuvrability and hill climbing ability of the buggies were put to the test.  This year the course was also made more challenging with a new 26 degree incline in the hill climb challenge as compared to 22 degrees from the previous year. There was an additional suspension and traction course also added this year that further raised the bar for the participating colleges.

The hill climb was a daunting 26 degrees this year

The hill climb was a daunting 26 degrees this year

Tackling the obstacle course in the dynamic challenge

Tackling the obstacle course in the dynamic challenge

The grand finale of the event was the endurance challenge that was held on Sunday. This four hour endurance race puts man and machine through a torturous test of sand, mud, jumps and inclines. The whole venue quickly turned into a dust storm of activity as a hundred buggies raced around the track on the first lap.

There was quite a bit of argy bargy out on the track, as faster buggies tried to get past the slower competitors

There was quite a bit of argy bargy out on the track, as faster buggies tried to get past the slower competitors

Almost immediately the number of competitors started to dwindle as buggy after buggy broke down due to either a technical failure or a racing incident. But this is part and parcel of Baja, its how the students learn to deal with triumph and disaster and learn how to solve problems. And while it was disappointing to see a buggy break down it was just as encouraging to see Team mates running helter skelter around a stricken car, fixing broken parts and getting them running again. It’s these trials and tribulations and overcoming the obstacles that will make them the engineers of our future.

Team Mechasonics utilised this unique negative camber technique to tackle the tight turns on the endurance circuit

Team Mechasonics utilised this unique negative camber technique to tackle the tight turns on the endurance circuit

At the end of the day the side of the race track was littered with parts that had fallen off

At the end of the day the side of the race track was littered with parts that had fallen off

The Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology buggy stood out with its bright colours

The Alagappa Chettiar College of Engineering and Technology buggy stood out with its bright colours

Team Nemesis Racing looked certain to win back to back titles. But in the second half of the race their luck ran out when they were involved in an accident and lost a number of laps getting up and running again

Team Nemesis Racing looked certain to win back to back titles. But in the second half of the race their luck ran out when they were involved in an accident and lost a number of laps getting up and running again

The endurance race was won this year by Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering & Technology from Punjab while Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science came in second. The Baja SAE India overall winners were GS Racers from Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science. Team Nemesis Racing COEP Pune came a close second ahead of Team Kshatriya from the Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore.

The Baja SAE India overall winners – Team GS Racers from Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science

The Baja SAE India overall winners – Team GS Racers from Sri Govindram Siksaria Institute of Technology and Science



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