STAFF REPORT ISB: Manufactured by students of the department of mechanical engineering, NUST, Karachi, a Formula 1 sports car that has been shortlisted for participation in the Formula Student competition starting in the United Kingdom on July 9, has been unveiled for public viewing in Islamabad.

The vehicle is named after the former dean of the Department of Mechanical Engineering Captain Nadeem Ahmed Shaheed, and as such is called the NAS 14 sports car. It is the first Formula 1 car to have been manufactured by students of NUST.

Earlier, the car has been exhibited in Karachi, Quetta and Peshawar.

The Formula Student Grand Prix is one of the worlds most popular student motorsport competitions.

The contest challenges student engineers to design, build and race a single-seat racing car in one year. The project, which has been completed at a cost of Rs7 million, is the brainchild of a 29-member NUST team aged between 19 to 23 years.

“It took us six months to finalize the design and three months to manufacture the car,” informed Shah Talha Sohail, one of the team members. He termed the initiative “an outcome of the students love for motor sports and our desire to make Pakistan proud.”

The Pakistan team was one of the 114 teams that were shortlisted from amongst 178 entries.

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