Baja car at Mumbai auto show, students delight

DNA Auto Expo came to an end on Sunday and was a roaring success with over 12000 visitors. An all road vehicle designed by VGTI college students drew in appreciation from the visitors to the show. Designed by undergraduate engineering students, the Baja car stood first in Mumbai and 36th all over India.

TEAM MOTORBREATH SAE-VJTIHeld at NESCO Grounds, DNA Auto Expo saw a host of cars on display. The Baja car designed by 22 students from Veermata Jijabai Technological Institute (VJTI) was declared the Mumbai winner at Pithampur earlier in the year at Baja 2014. The competition organized by Society of Automotive Enthusiasts saw 125 projects shortlisted by judges of 327 registered teams.

The car was put through a series of test drives on off roading conditions. The car had to run for 300 to 400 kms both before and during the competition. All participating cars were tested on the basis of safety, reliability and efficiency. This competition is held each year for engineering students across India with the main event being held in Pithampur, Indore where elimination rounds were held.

Much planning and design went into each of the participating cars with concentration on dimension of chassis, body of car, choice of tyres and suspension system, steering mechanism and transmission all being taken into consideration. The Baja car was made over a period of 1 year 3months and runs on a single petroleum engine. Not resting on their laurels, VJTI Racing is currently working on making a Formula Racing car for national level competitions, SUPRA.