Formula Manipal, a team of 40 undergraduate students of Manipal University, are gearing up to take part in the Formula Student Germany - 2013 (FSG-2013), an international design competition to be held in Hockenheimring in Germany between July 30 and August 4, 2013.Manufacturing and assembling works of the single-seater formula-style race car - Formula Manipal-2013 (FM-XIII)- are in full swing and students have completed the major part of the work. FM-XIII uses Honda CBR 600RR (600 cubic capacity) engine.To raise funds for their dream car, student had stared an online campaign titled 'Buy a CC' and though which they have already sold the sponsorship for over 400 CCs.

Formula Manipal team leader Jimmy Cherian told TOI that the chassis design of the car had to be changed in accordance with the new set of rules for the 2013 season. "The design for the upright has been completed. Jigs for the mounting of suspension brackets are manufactured, steering bracket is mounted on the test chassis and the design is modified to comply with the new rules," he said adding that the racing car will be ready by the end of December.

"We have got very good response from companies for our online campaign. The campaign gives a unique opportunity to our patrons to support the project by buying a virtual CC of the engine and each CC costs Rs 1,000," he added.

Since its inception in 2007, Formula Manipal has been the biggest student project of Manipal University. Formula Manipal has evolved into India's internationally recognized formula student team after competing in four events.

The team had participated in international events at Ferrari Fiorano Track, Maranello in 2008, Silverstone F1 Track, Silverstone, United Kingdom in 2009, Wachauring, Melk, Austria in 2010 and Raccardo Paletti Circuit, Parma, Italy in 2011.

Source: Times of India