2 TN students to represent India in global car race event

LN Revathy Coimbatore | Updated on January 23, 2018

Tournament in Germany may see participants from 36 countries

Two students – Jawahar and Gnanamoorthy – from Bannari Amman Institute of Technology (BAIT) Sathyamangalam, who bagged the 2015 Freescale Cup, are expected to represent India in the final Global Car Race event at Germany in September. Participants from 36 countries are expected to take part.

The duo was part of the Racing Falcons team, among 120 teams from 40 engineering colleges across the country that took part in the competition. The intelligent model race car competition was organised by Freescale Semiconductor India in collaboration with the Department of Electronic Systems Engineering, Indian Institute of Science at the J N Tata Memorial Auditorium, in Bengaluru recently.

Freescale initiative

The competition, a part of Freescale’s global initiative, is conducted every year to promote innovation and creative thinking amongst aspiring engineers. The just-concluded event was the fourth edition in the series.

The three teams – Racing Falcons, Invicta and Robonauts – that hogged the limelight in the 2015 Freescale event, are incidentally from engineering colleges in Tamil Nadu.

Speaking to BusinessLine with the model race car they built, N Jawahar (2nd year ME in Embedded Systems) and M Gnanamoorthy (3rd year BE in Computer Science) said track accuracy and speed helped them emerge winners.

“It is a next-gen model car that can ply on the track without manoevuring. No remote or manual intervention is required either. It is code-driven,” he explained.

The team’s intelligent model completed the 40 metre track (with few curves) in 12.41 seconds, while the Invicta team finished second in 13.44 seconds.

Organiser support

Jawahar said that the organisers – Freescale Semiconductor India – provided technical support as well as the model car kits.

The students had to build a program using the development tools based on the organiser’s microcontroller technology.

“The competition was held in two stages. Only 27 of the 120 teams that had initially entered the fray cleared the preliminary round, and 10 of the 27 got through to the final,” said R Nirmal Kumar, Jawahar’s guide and Assistant Professor, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering at BAIT.

Racing Falcons were awarded a cash prize of ₹2 lakh and Invicta ₹1 lakh.

Asked what he proposes to do with the money, Jawahar simply said “A good portion of the prize will go towards repaying the loan that my parents had availed to educate me.”

Gnanamoorthy on the other hand said that he would use to money to pursue higher education.

Published on May 04, 2015

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