COEP Team Nemesis Racing wins Baja 2016, Awards list inside – IAB Report

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Baja SAE India 2016 has concluded with COEP claiming the title yet again. The team received 9 awards apart from the overall championship.

Car 34 at Baja 2016

List of overall winners of Baja 2016:

First place: College of Engineering Pune – Team Nemesis Racing – Car No. 1
Second place: Alard College of Engineering, Pune – Stallions Racing – Car No. 9
Third place: SRM University, Chennai – The Conrods Off-Road Racing – Car No. 8

Best Engineering Design Award:

College of Engineering Pune – Team Nemesis Racing – Car No. 1

Best Cost Report Award:

Hindusthan College of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore – Hindusthani Lahurians – Car No. 46

Best Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) Award:

All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s College of Engineering, Pune – Resonance Racing – Car No. 13

Best Build Quality Award:

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar – Team Avishkar – Car No. 35

Safest Vehicle Award:

Sinhgad Academy of Engineering, Pune – Forza Racing – Car No. 127

Best Presentation Award:

Modern Education Society’s College of Engineering, Pune – Gyrfalcons – Car No. 87

Car 107 at Baja 2016

Technology Innovation Award:

College of Engineering Pune – Team Nemesis Racing – Car No. 1

Go Green (Emissions) Award:

Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore – Team Helios Racing – Car No. 4

Acceleration Award:

College of Engineering Pune – Team Nemesis Racing – Car No. 1

Manoeuvrability Award:

College of Engineering, Guindy (CEG), Anna University, Chennai – CEG Motorsports Chennai – Car No. 29

Hill Climb Award:

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar – Team Avishkar – Car No. 35

Traction and Suspension Award:

College of Engineering Pune – Team Nemesis Racing – Car No. 1

Raftar Award:

Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar – Team Avishkar – Car No. 35

Durability Award:

Sinhgad Academy of Engineering, Pune – Forza Racing – Car No. 127 (completed 10 laps in endurance race)

Dronacharya Award:

Amity School of Engineering and Technology, New Delhi – Royal Mettle Racing – Car No. 14

Baja 2016 endurance race

Best eBaja Team Award:

Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune – Stallion – Car No. E165 (completed 15 laps in endurance race)

Overall Award in Static Events in eBaja:

Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune – Stallion – Car No. E165

Acceleration Award in eBaja:

Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune – Stallion – Car No. E165

Best Cost Report Award in eBaja:

Smt. Kashibai Navale College of Engineering, Pune – Stallion – Car No. E165

Manoeuvrability Award in eBaja:

U.V. Patel College of Engineering, Mehsana – Team Shatashva – Car No. E150

Durability Award in eBaja:

Deogiri Institute of Engineering and Management, Aurangabad – Vidyutashwa – Car No. E161 (completed 16 laps in endurance race)

COEP Nemesis Racing on Grid at Baja 2016
College of Engineering Pune won the Baja 2015 and a couple of earlier editions as well.

Compared to the 2015 edition of the Mahindra Baja, the competition this year was substantially more challenging. Right from the technical scrutiny to the various events that tested the buggies and the students that made them, Baja 2016 proved to be the tougher compared to the last eight editions of the same.

There were 395 colleges/teams that attended the Virtual Baja and 179 of them were selected for the main event. 144 buggies made it to the track after completing fabrication and clearing college level technical inspection. At the on-site scrutiny 18 vehicles were disqualified and hence there were 126 spots at the final race grid.

Baja 2016 endurance track
Baja 2016 had the most punishing endurance track in the history of Baja SAE India.

This year’s endurance race had the most punishing track in the history of Baja India, with hurdles like Booby Trap, Muddy Farm, Kaala Paani, Herringbone, Gitch Bridge, Jungle Gym, Muddy Bowl and Mountain High, all of which were crafted for higher torture than before. The track length of the main Baja’s endurance race was increased from 4.8 km to 5.2 km, having included a forest land into the circuit for the Jungle Gym which is a new addition.

The average lap time of last year’s endurance race was 27-28 minutes, and despite the increased length and difficulty, this year’s average lap time had come down to 23 minutes, courtesy of improvement in the design and durability of most of the ATVs, in other words, the quality of the participating teams. The best lap time of endurance run in Baja 2016 is seven minutes. The highest number of laps completed was 10.

List of Top Ten Teams in Endurance Race of Baja 2016:

Car No. 2 – D.Y. Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi, Pune
Car No. 4 – Rashtreeya Vidyalaya College of Engineering (RVCE), Bangalore
Car No. 13 – All India Shri Shivaji Memorial Society’s College of Engineering, Pune – Resonance Racing
Car No. 32 – DIT University, Dehradun
Car No. 35 – Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar – Team Avishkar
Car No. 54 – Indus Institute Of Technology and Engineering, Ahmedabad
Car No. 78 – Mangalore Institute of Technology & Engineering, Mangalore
Car No. 102 – Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar
Car No. 127 – Sinhgad Academy Of Engineering, Pune – Forza Racing
Car No. 146 – Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune

Baja 2016 Awards List:

Baja 2016 Awards List page 1

Baja 2016 Awards List page 2

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