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BITS Pilani Dubai – the ‘Only Team’ Selected from the Entire Middle East!

by Eddie Rayner

It’s another feather in the cap of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus as ‘Team Al Fursan’ qualifies for the Formula Student Netherlands 2022 competition (FSN).

Team Al Fursan of BITS Dubai Motorsports Club, in association with M.A.H.Y Khoory & Co. LLC, is the only team selected for Formula Student Netherlands from the Middle East and North Africa region and will compete with 18 teams from some of the best universities all over the world.

FSN is the Dutch edition of the world’s largest student engineering competition, which challenges students to understand, design and develop a formula-style racing car. Celebrating its fifth anniversary, the event is scheduled from 11-14 July 2022 at Assen TT Circuit known for its high-speed corners, long straights and world-class events such as Moto GP and DTM.

Team Al Fursan to compete with 18 International teams from all over the world

The 14-member team comprising engineering students from multidisciplinary groups of BITS Pilani Dubai Campus came together in the autumn of 2021 with the sole purpose of designing a car focusing on ‘Driver Ergonomics’. The car was hence designed specifically with the health aspects, comfort and safety of a driver in mind, drawing upon biology, psychology, engineering and design, creating a vehicle environment in which drivers have a lower chance of injury. The team has built a Formula Student car on the BITS Pilani Dubai Campusadhering to the rules and regulations of the Formula Student Rule Book.

Commenting on this milestone, Dr Srinivasan Madapusi, Director of the BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, said:“One of the biggest factors that set BPDC apart is the career-focused style of education, with competitions like FSN giving our students so much real-world work experience in the field before graduation. This is an excellent example of the translation of learning in the classroom to a high-performance application environment accompanied by highly efficient use of resources. It also underscores the passion, enterprise and teamwork displayed by our students. The Formula Student Netherlands is one of the biggest of its kind competition at a European and a global level. I am proud that BPDC students are representing not just the UAE but the entire Middle East and Africa region. We at BPDC are grateful for all the support from the faculty and sponsors who have made this commendable achievement possible.”

Formula Student Netherlands is the Dutch edition of the world’s largest student engineering competition

Al Fursan team head Mr Shobal Philip Roysaid: “It took us nine months to plan, execute and complete the car. We started with a blank piece of paper and then worked to build a racecar that we engineered ourselves. It’s great being part of such a passionate and dedicated group, the entire team is eager to learn, adapt and execute things that are new to them under difficult circumstances. I appreciate my team for their constant support and cooperation throughout all stages of development. We aim to develop more cars in the coming years that will be eco-friendlier and lean with high performance and efficiency. We thank all the sponsors that supported us with monetary and technical help. We hope they extend their support in the coming years as well.”