Virtual SUPRA SAE 2013 is an initiative of SAEINDIA, recognizing the need for experiential learning and increased involvement of Indian engineering students in automotive industry. SAEINDIA launched SUPRA in 2011, providing an opportunity to engineering students to plan, design, fabricate, analyze and test a proto-type Formula type race car. SUPRA SAEINDIA starts with a qualifying event where all the registered teams are required to present their virtual design with detailed specifications complying with the defined rules. The teams selected in the Virtual SUPRA participates in the main event, where the teams are required to fabricate the proto-type based on their design reports, analyze and test it. All the cars are evaluated using a series of static, dynamic and durability tests like design, cost evaluation, presentation, acceleration, skid-pad, auto-cross, fuel economy and endurance. Originally started in USA by SAE International as Formula SAE, such events are being organized in several countries with different names like Formula Student (UK & Germany) and FSAE (Australasia, Brazil and Italy). In India, it is being organized for the first time with Formula Student Rules from July 16 – 19, 2014.
The competition was open to all SAEINDIA Collegiate Clubs of engineering institutions, colleges and universities across the country. Students from 174 engineering colleges participated in the event. Team Hermes Racing of the KIIT University secured the top position. The KIIT team was captained by Dipam Chatterjee while Prof Isham Panigrahi was the faculty advisor. The second position was won by Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, Delhi and the third by Accelerators, MIT, Pune.
Judges were experts from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, TRAKTION, PD & D, VE & CV Ltd, Defiance Technologies, TVS Motors, JK Tyres & industries. Virtual SUPRA SAEINDIA-2013 was formally inaugurated on September 20, 2013. The final list of 100 selected teams for the main event to be held in MRF race track in Chennai was announced at its valedictory ceremony on September 21, 2013. Various criteria for the competition were project plan, adherence to the rules, tri-D modeling, technical calculation, vehicle dynamics, selection of engine and its justification, selection of transmission and its justification with calculation, design of the chassis and team structure.