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NUST team qualified for Formula Student competition

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KARACHI: Getting ready for Europe’s most celebrated educational motorsport contest, the Formula Student (FS), the Interactive NUST Formula Student Team showcased its race car for this upcoming competition at the Pakistan Maritime Museum on Thursday.

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The student-created car known as NAS 15 is ready to compete against 135 teams from 28 different countries at the FS competition going to be held at Silverstone, UK, from July 8 to July 12.

The team comprising 25 genius undergraduate engineering students who worked diligently to conjure up, design and build a race car having all the abilities to qualify for the annual competition which is arranged by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

The auto engineered for this year’s contest is far superior to the ones utilized in the previous three years. The team leader, Afnan Ahmed, said: “NAS15 is different from the previous years as we have managed to shed off almost 75kg of weight. It is lighter, and the use of composite material of carbon fibre makes it faster. The highest speed it can attain in 121km/hr but what is really incredible is that it can accelerate from zero to 100km/hr in under four seconds.”

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Having four deft hands to participate in the competition, the team said that they are undergoing gruelling training. A variety of safety measures are in place even in the training stage, with the race car suit, helmet and safety harness necessary devices.

Moreover, naming the car NAS15 is a tribute to veteran Pakistan Navy official, Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed, who was shot dead in 2013. He was the faculty advisor of Formula NUST Racing and a patron to the team.

The NUST FS team will be hosting road shows at various venues around the city where the NAS15 will introduce its different games and activities. The first show will be taken place at Port Grand on June 13 and 14, and the second at Dolmen Mall, Clifton on June 16.

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