ISLAMABAD - Named after Naval Captain Nadeem Ahmed (Shaheed), the locally manufactured sports car by the students of National University of Science and Technology (Nust) improved its position by 33 steps in comparison to its performance last year and secured 51st position out of 106 teams from all over the world.

The annual formula student competition that was held at the Silverstone International Circuit (UK) during the 9-14 July also declared Team Pakistan as the team with the best media support as the participation of the car at the competition was covered 88 times in the print media and 30 times in the electronic media.

Shah Talha Sohail, driver of the NAS 14 sports car and a member of the team paid special kudos to the Pakistani media for supporting the car. "When we arrived at Silverstone, everyone was skeptical about the performance of the team amongst the best and developed nations of the world, however the excellent support by the Pakistan media and its recognition at the competition was a big boost for the whole team ahead of the competition". He stated after his return from the trip.

According to Talha, the NUST team managed to record a massive improvement in all the departments of the competition this year. "With a straight 33 positions jump ahead, the overall rank for the Formula NUST Racing team is 51st, which was 84th last year. This year the team managed to surpass a number of experienced teams which includes India, Turkey and Egypt" he stated.

He shared that NAS14 also managed to clear 5 out of 6 inspections and tests. "Last year none of the tests were cleared" he remarked.

The Formula NUST Racing team was supported by local IT giant, the Interactive Group and O3b Networks, while the only international racing team of Sri Lanka EZY Racing also supported and guided the green team. The CEO of Interactive group Shahid Mahmud and the CEO of EZY Racing Shafaraz Hamzadeen have paid tribute to the young NUST students for what they termed as a 'big leap forward' towards Pakistan winning the race in the future years.

Formula Student, run by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, challenges student engineers from all over the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car in one year. These sports cars are then judged on their speed, acceleration, handling and endurance in a series of time-trial races, while the teams are tested on their design, costing and business presentation skills.