NITTRO is an RC Car racing event held during Pragyan that tests the participant's fabrication, driving and management skills. An RC Car that conforms to the NITTRO standards is required for participation by each team.


27th Feb : 9:30 am to 5pm

28th Feb : 9:30 am to 5pm

* Kindly note that the event has been Rescheduled and will start only on Saturday

venue -nso ground


2 Events:  

1. Main race

2.  Freestyle session( with likes of slalom, fastest to return, sudden drag etc. )



All interested participants are expected to send an abstract reagrding the deatils of the RC Car with photo to
on or before 20th February 2016

Check rules for further details.




  • Participants report to the venue with their machines.

  • Strict inspection of the machine is carried out according to the guidelines & regulations set by the organizers.

  • All selected teams will be given practice slots of 15 minutes each, after the inspection is completed.


Race Event:

  • Prelims:

  • All selected teams will now have to compete in a time trial.

  • Each team will be given a run of 2 individual laps & the best lap time will be considered.


Final Rounds:

  • This will be primarily a knockout round.

  • Head to head knock out races would be held to determine the Winner.


Free Style

  • All selected teams will perform a series of tasks (i.e maneuvering a football on to goal post. etc.) which will be informed half an hour prior to the event.

  • Points will be given based on execution of the tasks given.

  • The team with the highest points wins the event.

  • Results will be based on point system for both events. The event grading is independent of one another.

  • Inspection Round will be considered while assigning points. If the specified fabrication is not done, points will be deducted accordingly.

  • Only Two persons from a team are allowed inside the Track arena.

  • If two tyres of the car go out of the track, the car should be restored back to the previous checkpoint.

  • Failure to do the restoration of car on the call of organisers will be disqualified.

  • Marshal man (from each team) should be conscious not to damage the track while assisting; Damage of the track will lead to disqualification of the team.

  • Marshal man should assist if and only if the car goes out of the track or the organiser says so.

  • During the race your car should not touch or be an obstacle to the other car. In case of collision of cars, both the cars should be taken to the nearest check point.

  • Organiser’s decision is final.

  • Fixtures will be made based on the outcomes of time trial and no change will be encouraged.

  • In the event of unexpected power cut during the race, the race will be restarted. Care is taken by the organisers to not to start the race during the obvious timings of power cut.

  • 1 second will be added to the participant's time if one of the wheels crosses the boundary.

  • Participants meeting fabrication requirements will be awarded 10 points and those who don't meet the criteria may not be allowed for main race however they can compete in the freestyle event.


General Rules

  • If the machine is found unsafe to run on the track, the team would be disqualified from the race. The organizers' decision would be final and binding in this respect.

  • The vehicles are not allowed to leave any loose parts on any part of the arena. Any vehicle disintegrating during the race would be disqualified.

  • Teams are not allowed to purposefully damage the machine of the opponent's team. If found doing so on track (while racing), the concerned team will be disqualified.

  • The teams must adhere to the spirit of healthy competition. The coordinators reserve the right to disqualify any team indulged in misbehaviour.

  • If any of the machines starts off before the flag is waved, the counter would be restarted and the machines will get a second chance. However, if any machine starts off before the waving of flag (or countdown) for a second time, it will be disqualified. No rematch will be held for the second time.

Track Specifications

  • The race track will be an off-road dirt track with left & right turns, hairpins, S-shaped curves, bumps and puddles.

  • Participants are advised to use proper suspension systems for their machines to endure the bumps.

  • A lap is deemed to be completed when the machine completes the entire track & comes back to the starting point.

  • The track will have checkpoints at regular intervals. If a machine tumbles, or halts, or goes off the arena at any point on the track, one of the team members is allowed to lift it up and place it at the nearest checkpoint behind that point. The time shall still be running in the meantime.

  • Team members are not permitted to touch either their machines or those of their opponents once the race begins (unless there is need to lift the machine as stated in the previous point). The penalty for doing so is disqualification.


Technical Specifications



  • The maximum allowed capacity of IC engine to be used is 4.6 cc (i.e. Participants can also use 2.5 cc, 3 cc, 3.5 cc or any other IC engine lower in capacity)..

  • There is no restriction on the type of IC engine (either glow or diesel cycle engine), but the engine must have throttle control.



• The percentage of nitromethane should not exceed 20% by volume in the fuel.


Vehicle dimensions:

• Machine should fit in a box of dimensions 800mm x 600mm x600mm (l x b x h) at any moment of time during the race. The external device which is used to control the machine is not included in the size constraint.

The machine may be roughly classified into structural and functional parts:

Functional parts - Gears, differential gear, engine, springs, shock absorbers, servo motors (non-propulsion purposes only), batteries, wheels, wheel hub are allowed to be used as available in the market.

Structural parts - Chassis, steering mechanism, shock towers, suspension (excluding upper suspension arm, suspension spring and shock absorbers), have to be built by the participants themselves.


Power supply:

• The machine must have an on-board power supply to provide power to any mechanism requiring electric power not exceeding 12V.

Radio controllers:

• The machine has to be necessarily controlled by a wireless remote control system.

• Participants are required to use a remote control of frequency of band spectrum 2.4 GHz. The above rule is to ensure that there is no frequency clash during the competition and participants are not allowed to use any other remotes with frequency other than 2.4 GHz.(In case of unavailability of remote control(i.e 2.4 GHz) the participants are required to submit their remote in organizers desk and it will returned during respected practise slots and race only, in order to avoid frequency clash)

Control Space:

• An elevated podium will be provided for the control of the machine. The podium will ensure good visibility for the controller.


1) How many members are allowed in a team? Are cross-college teams allowed?
A team can consist of a maximum of 5 members. Students from different educational institutes can form a team.

2) Who is eligible to participate?
All students with a valid identity card of their respective educational institutes are eligible to participate in NITTRO at Pragyan 2015.

3) Is there a provision to acquire fuel for the cars nearby?
No, It is the responsibility of the participants to bring and take care of their individual fuel requirements.

4) Is there a registration fee required?

5) Is fabrication a strict procedure for qualification?
Fabrication is not a must. However participants who have done the fabrication will be awarded extra points.


To download information regarding NITTRO click the link below:


Kartick- 9445612673

Karthepan: 8681953933

Vignesh SG : 9497866598





Other Queries:-

Ashwin Bharathwaj

+91 9894945490




Faculty Advisor:

Dr. V. Arul Mozhi Selvan

Assistant Professor

Department of Mechanical Engineering


Make a wireless remote controlled machine, powered ONLY by an IC Engine which can complete and compete with other opponents on an off-road dirt track with many obstacles in least possible time.

• Race Event

• Free Style

Stages of the event

• Abstract Submission

• Inspection

• Race Event

o Prelims

o Final rounds

• Free Style

Conduction of each stage of the event

Abstract Submission: Format of the abstract is available for download from the website. Edit the same file and send your abstracts to

Abstracts can also be sent after registration.

o A video of the working model. Upload the video on YouTube and include the link in your abstract.

o Photos of the chassis, steering and suspension system fabricated. Zip the videos and upload in the appropriate column while registering.

Note: The abstract is non-eliminative and is intended to give us an idea about the effort put in by the participants.

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