Shell Helix brings the much needed Motorsports in Pakistan through the Helix University Drive competition. Shell Helix University Drive began last year in November with nine top universities across Pakistan who competed in an exclusive Formula One simulation competition for a once in a lifetime chance to attend the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit on March 28-30, 2014. Team Xodus Racing from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute won the Shell Helix University Drive at an auto show organized at Liberty Market, Lahore posting the fastest lap time of 1 minute 37 seconds in an F1 simulation competition. The Education Times team was present at the competition final held in Liberty Market, Lahore.
Over 600 students at each of these nine universities enrolled in the competition, each student team comprised five students, two of which were the team’s drivers. The simulation didn’t only recreate a Formula 1 racing experience, but used a special racing environment to imitate what a Formula 1 driver experiences and test student drivers’ reflexes and hand eye coordination.
The nine teams to qualify for the final race were; Smoking Aces (IBA), McLaren Honda (BNU), The Red horse (Bahria University KHI), DownForce (LUMS), FORZA – V (IoBM), V8 (Bahria University – Islamabad), Fastest (FAST-NU), Xodus Racing (GIKI), 666TheNumberoftheBeast++ (NUST-SEECS).
The red dome was the special arena for the Grand finale of the Helix University Drive, with a formula 1 car on display and teams manning the driver simulators for the race itself. While the show had not yet begun, the top 9 Drivers & teams, selected after 9 grueling qualification rounds at Pakistan’s top universities were already filing in one by one for the final practice session. The stakes were high – a trip to the Malaysian Grand Prix awaited the winning team – the drivers with the quickest lap time on the day.
The dome of the Helix University Drive was later opened for the visitors. It was swarmed by the fans of cars and motorcycles to have a chance to ride on one of their Formula One simulation rides.
According to Helix, as the race roared on, over 10,000 students had an opportunity to learn more about motor sports like Formula 1 and the amazing mechanical and fuel technology that goes into high performing engines.
“It was remarkable to see how interested students were, many of whom hadn’t driven a car before, in not only the racing simulation, but also in the fuels and lubricants behind the high performing engine technology,” said Taha Magrabi, Marketing Manager for Shell Pakistan.
Students also had a chance during the Drive to learn more about how high performance fuel and lubricant technology translates into the everyday choices car drivers around the world make to ensure their vehicles run smoothly and efficiently.