IIT car to participate in Formula SAE

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/f/formulacars.jpg' class='caption'> A racing car designed by IIT students would take part in the Formula SAE in Michigan this May. Race ace Narain Karthikeyan gave the car a thumbs-up.

Updated: April 15, 2008 12:03 IST
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After Vijay Mallya brought Formula One car racing to India, it is the turn of students of IIT Powai to unveil a home-grown racing car.

The car will be participating in the esteemed Formula SAE in Michigan, USA in May this year.

The competition will see 120 teams from across the world, making it one of the biggest international engineering design and manufacturing events.

The Formula SAE is a prestigious event for engineering and design competition at university level and breeding ground for future car engineers and designers.

"The USP of the car is that it is made in India. It is our dream to make a completely Indian car for Formula One in the next ten years," said Shyam Jade, student, IIT Mumbai.

The car was unveiled by India's only Formula One car racer Narain Karthikeyan amid fanfare at the IIT campus in Mumbai on Friday night. Karthikeyan inspected the car and gave it a thumbs up for its excellent design.

"Engineers involved in motor racing like are as important as the drivers in racing. They are all great engineers," Karthikeyan said.

Formula One racing has caught the imagination of this cricket-crazy nation and such an initiative will give the sport a much-needed fillip.

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