Petrol-heads in Mumbai got up close and personal with Red Bull Racing Can at Jai Hind College on Saturday. Bringing out the best in engineering and designing, participants used Red Bull cans powered by radio-controlled motors to build the city’s fastest can on wheels. The ‘Flying Pistons’ from St. Andrew’s College was the fastest team from Mumbai.
Rhett Rego and Daniel D’ Souza from the team will go on to represent Mumbai in the national finals in October 2012 in Mumbai. Rounding off the top podium positions were ‘Blitzkrieg’ and ‘Black’.
Winning the city finals, ‘Flying Pistons’ will now go against winners from Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata, for the title of India’s Red Bull Racing Can Champion and go on to participate against 24 other nations at the Red Bull Racing Can World Finals in Brazil.
Motorsports enthusiasts were given the opportunity to show-off their talent as they displayed some of the most innovatively kitted cars to fellow petrol-heads. In the weeks before the city finals, the participants worked on their machines demonstrating F1 style precision and tuning the tiny engines to speed demons.
While many racing fans have seen aerodynamics play a big role in the RB8 on the track, the Red Bull cans gave the designers a competitive advantage as they styled their Racing Can’s body to gain an aerodynamic edge making this a thrilling competition all the way to the chequered flag.
The challenge was not only to be the first to cross the finish line but the racing cans with cool designs and steady machines also earned points. Their racing feat and designing capabilities were judged by Jai Hind College’s teacher- Neetal Kothari and celebrity tattoo artist, sculptor and painter- Al Alva.
While the teams were sweating it out on the set course, hundreds of fellow students and enthusiasts, gathered around to cheer their favorites. These foot-long racing cans offered the crowd a rush of adrenaline, fiery speed and an excuse to come together to watch a friendly competition.