Concept cars: NUST race car finishes in top half at international competition

Published: August 6, 2014
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Shah Talha Sohail, driver of the NAS 14 sports car and a member of the team, paid special kudos to the Pakistani media for supporting the car. PHOTO: EXPRESS

Shah Talha Sohail, driver of the NAS 14 sports car and a member of the team, paid special kudos to the Pakistani media for supporting the car. PHOTO: EXPRESS

ISLAMABAD: Named after late Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed (Shaheed), the concept car manufactured by the students of National University of Science and Technology (NUST) improved its position by 33 steps in comparison to its performance last year and stood 51st out of 106 teams from all over the world.

The annual formula student competition that was held at the famed Silverstone Circuit in England between the 9th and 14th of July also declared Team Pakistan as the team with the best media support, as the participation of the car at the competition was covered 88 times in the print media and 30 times in the electronic media, said a press release.

Shah Talha Sohail, driver of the NAS 14 sports car and a member of the team, paid special kudos to the Pakistani media for supporting the car. “When we arrived at Silverstone, everyone was skeptical about the performance of the team among [opponents from] developed nations, however the excellent support by the Pakistan media and its recognition at the competition was a big boost for the whole team ahead of the competition,” he stated after his return from the trip.

According to Talha, the NUST team managed to surpass a number of experienced teams including India, Turkey and Egypt. He shared that NAS14 also managed to clear five out of six inspections and tests. “Last year none of the tests were cleared,” he remarked. The Formula NUST Racing team was supported by Interactive Group, O3b Networks and Sri Lanka’s EZY Racing. Interactive Group CEO Shahid Mahmud and EZY Racing CEO Shafaraz Hamzadeen paid tribute to the young NUST students for their “big leap forward”.

Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, challenges student engineers from all over the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. These sports cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are also tested on various counts..

Published in The Express Tribune, August 6th,2014.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Usman
    Aug 6, 2014 - 7:27AM

    How many of these young achievers will be given good jobs when they return to Pakistan? None, unless they have contacts, or are related to Nawaz Sharif somehow.

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  • Rayan
    Aug 6, 2014 - 8:54AM

    Way to go Boys…Great Job…
    @ET…The name of the constituent college should also be mentioned in the report….It’s Pakistan Navy Engineering College….

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  • Sami
    Aug 6, 2014 - 11:34AM

    It is nice gesture that some universities in Pakistan have started their original job of research and innovation.

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  • Sun Tzu
    Aug 6, 2014 - 3:17PM

    does it run on water?

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  • Saleem
    Aug 6, 2014 - 5:43PM

    @Sun Tzu: It slides on water :D

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  • Saleem
    Aug 6, 2014 - 5:44PM

    Good feat boys … keep it up … I am feeling great right now :)

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  • Aug 6, 2014 - 10:09PM

    According to Talha, the NUST team managed to surpass a number of experienced teams including India, Turkey and Egypt. He shared that NAS14 also managed to clear five out of six inspections and tests. “Last year none of the tests were cleared,”

    This is really something to sing about, as the above achievements are real indicators of the world class youth talent in Pakistan.

    Boyz we are proud of you.

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  • lol
    Aug 7, 2014 - 2:18AM

    whats the use…. placements in pakistani universities are horrible because of extremism… and pakistan hardly produces Phd’s….. and i dont really believe what pakistani officials say… i mean when one can lie about GDP figures … u really not know ;)

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  • IndianDude
    Aug 7, 2014 - 6:54AM

    That is a great achievement by NUTS. Doe it also have the water powered engine?

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  • Jamal
    Aug 7, 2014 - 10:05PM

    great :)

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