D. Y. Patil College of Engineering, Pune
Team Predators is a student team of D.Y. Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi, that has participated in several national automotive competitions and events since 2009. The team participates regularly in BAJA SAE India and BAJA SAE International competitions and has won several accolades in the past.
The team specializes in single seater All-Terrain Vehicles (ATV) and has been on a quest to manufacture the lightest and most durable All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV).
While preparing for its entry for 2019, the team was facing some challenges with respect to the design of dynamics of the vehicle. The vehicle that the team had showcased in the previous year (2018) was facing an understeering issue, which affected its manoeuvrability. In the year before that, the vehicle that was showcased had a tendency towards excessive rolling, which compromised the stability of the vehicle. This resulted in the driver of the vehicle being underconfident during the 4-hour endurance race of the competition. The team was keen to address all these issues in its 2019 entry.