Bosch will be sending an additional team to represent Malaysia at the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 Grand Finals in Beijing, China. The decision was made due to the overwhelming response received since the competition launched on the 1st of April 2011. A total of 53 blueprints from 21 private and public universities from across the country were received.
“The response to the inaugural Malaysian leg of the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 has exceeded our expectations,” said Mr. Chu Chee Bee, Regional Sales Director for ASEAN South, Robert Bosch Sdn. Bhd.
The latest development means that both the champion and runners-up from the qualifying race will represent Malaysia in Beijing, competing against finalists from Thailand, China, South Korea, and the Philippines. The company also increased the number of finalists to 12 teams from the initial eight.
Bosch made the announcement during a Racers Briefing for the students at its Regional Training Facility in Petaling Jaya, where the company unveiled the finalists after a shortlisting period. Each team was also presented with a grant worth RM12,000 and six Bosch GSB 18V-Li cordless impact drill / driver units to subsidize the building of their race karts.
The interactive session saw Bosch Power Tools experts providing the finalists with the full specifications for the kart which they are to build. The finalists were also given the opportunity to consult on the technicalities of building a race kart powered entirely by Bosch Li-ion technology.
Mr. Chu added that the entries to the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 showed an incredible amount of ingenuity from participants, which made the selection of the 12 finalists a daunting task.
“Deciding on the finalist teams was a truly difficult decision, as the panel of judges had to choose from a very diverse range of entries, which explored multiple principles in kart-racing. We are confident that the 12 finalist teams will build some truly competitive designs. The stage is set for an incredibly exciting race day,” added Mr. Chu.
The Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 finalists are (in no particular order):
- Mechanical Engineering Research Team from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
- Quad Drive from UCSI University
- Shooting Star from Universiti Teknologi Petronas
- UTHM-FKMP-1 from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
- Chuck Norris Racing from The University of Nottingham Malaysia
- Bunja Racing Team from The Otomotif College
- Raging Bull from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
- T-Drive from UCSI University
- The Fast 5 from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
- Cyclones from INTI College
- N-Gage from Universiti Putra Malaysia
- Silence Killer from University College of Technology & Innovation.
Mr. Ea Siong Lin, Regional Brand Manager, ASEAN South, Robert Bosch Sdn. Bhd. educating members of Chuck Norris Racing from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus about the Bosch GSB 18V-Li cordless impact drill / driver specifications
En. Muhd. Rizal, Senior Engineer, Engineering Design and Innovation Research & Development, Robert Bosch Power Tools Sdn. Bhd. – Penang, explaining the technology behind the Bosch GSB 18V-Li cordless impact drill / driver
Bunja Racing Team from The Otomotif College
N-Gage from Universiti Putra Malaysia
The Fast5 from Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman
UTHM-FKMP Team 1 from Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
Bunja Racing Team from The Otomotif College listening intensely at the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 Racers Briefing
A finalist team giving the Bosch GSB18V-Li cordless impact drill / driver a thorough check upon receipt
Chuck Norris Racing from the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus analyzing the specifications of a demo Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 racing kart
“The Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race is designed to provide budding engineers with a platform to explore their creativity and talent. Bosch is committed to ensure that the contestants are provided with the necessary support and information to participate in a truly challenging experience,” said Mr. Chu.
The winning team of the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 will receive a top prize worth RM3,000 in cash and RM2,000 worth of power tools, as well as represent Malaysia at the Bosch Power Tools Asia Cordless Race 2011 Grand Finals in Beijing, China from 21 – 23 September 2011. Other finalists will have the opportunity to win additional prizes in cash and power tools from Bosch.