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“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.”

“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sacrifices, determination and hard work.” said by the team who are going to make PAKISTAN stand on a great international platform in EUROPE this year. The project, SOLAR CAR, is the brainchild of Team CLAPTRIX, a group of 8 students —Muhammad Yousuf Abbas , Danish Muhammad Saleem , Faaiz baqer , Murtaza ahmed , Ali Siddique, Akif jawed, Arsalan Usmani & Fahad ur rehman of NED University of Engineering and Technology — who have spent 4 months and Rs 400,000 on the project so far, said by the marketing manager of the team.

Last year some of the blessed students of this brilliant team from NED-UET had achieved a target to make PAKISTAN stand on an INTERNATIONAL platform by participating in SHELL ECO MARATHON ASIA, 2011 held in MALAYSIA from 6th – 9th July, 2011 on F1 TRACK by making a SOLAR POWERED CAR having efficient fuel consumption and Eco friendly drive. They have initiated an idea for the betterment of economic crisis in the WORLD and as well as in PAKISTAN by using ALTERNATE FUEL i.e. SOLAR.

This time again they are going to compete in the WORLD CHALLENGE named as SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE 2012 but now in the Cyprus, Europe. CYPRUS INSTITUTE is once again going to organize a dynamic event, “SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE”. The international event coincides with Cyprus’ EU Presidency and will be going to be held this time at the public roads of Paphos, Cyprus, Europe. The Event is scheduled on 7th- 8th July, 2012.

One of the team member of this brilliant team said, “The idea behind reducing the weight and increasing the strength of material is to enhance the efficiency of the car.”

The competition challenges students, from all over the world, to design energy-efficient cars. Team CLAPTRIX is the only team from entire Asia which is going to participate in this event to represent PAKISTAN in EUROPE. Not even the two big nations from Asia, India and China, made it to the competition.

The Team has said that the wheels used are of rubber with carbon enforcement to reduce the weight and increase the strength whereas the rims used are of aluminum. The body is made up of fiber cloth to make the car lightest up to maximum extent. Solar cells used are of Monocrystalline type. Its crowning glory lies in its fuel consumption. It’s one of the hybrid type cars as in nights the battery could be charged by plugging into electricity. Being a two seater it is amazing to run continuously for 4 hours without getting any kind of recharge and at a speed of 50 km/hour.

For this great achievement great students of Pakistan need support and funds from the public, industries, social organizations, NGO’S and every Pakistani, to get their team and Pakistan on the winner stand this year in 2012 in Cyprus. If all went well and if they got an investor then it could go into mass production, offering the car to the local market and will probably make Pakistan a tough competitor in the market.

“Nothing great will ever be achieved without great mean, and men are great only if they are determined to be so.” Charles De Gaulle

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