Pakistan Navy Engineering College-National University of Sciences and Technology (PNEC-NUST) students and teachers proudly showcased their formula electric racing car at a local hotel here on Monday.
The construction of the electric vehicle (EV) is an inspiring and motivating adventure, as seen in the movies created by the students for the unveiling ceremony.
The Formula Student is a worldwide engineering competition in which student teams from all around the world design, build, test, and race a small-scale formula-style racing car.
In 2012, PNEC students competed in a Formula Student race in Germany. However, the automobile they built failed technical inspection, and the kids were unable to partake in the contest.
EV and its 14-member squad will compete in the Formula Student race in the United Kingdom in July.
Following that, while they did compete in a few, they did so not without confronting hurdles, which they also conquered thanks to hard effort and dedication. They were then simply stopped in their tracks, first by the Covid-19 outbreak and then by immigration difficulties.
Nonetheless, the graduating batches made certain that their juniors were trained to develop and construct a superior car before leaving the PNEC. So here we are in 2023, with a formula racing car that is also an electric vehicle. This current version is powered by a 350V battery that takes two hours to charge.
He also stated that the main team for driving the EV included both a girl and a boy driver. “Of course, all the kids can drive, but for this car, we specifically sought out the thinnest, lightest children.” “It’s similar to how jockeys must be delicately built in order not to burden the racehorse,” he joked.
PNEC-NUST Commandant Tauqeer Ahmad Khawaja stated during the ceremony that PNEC-NUST has a rich history of student teams and societies working on outstanding initiatives. “We are also dabbling in Artificial Intelligence,” he added, noting that FERN is one of their key societies.
“Their dedication and hard work should be commended.” The crew also comprises females who are not afraid to work on projects till the wee hours of the morning. Despite being pushed, they refuse to go until their work is over,” he claimed.
Finally, team manager Ali Kashif Rasool expressed gratitude to his team and professors, as well as their sponsors, partners, and, most importantly, their parents. “Please accept my apologies for arriving home at such inconvenient times,” he said meekly.