There is one must-have to succeed in the field of motor sports: passion. I still remember the day Ayrton Senna crashed into the wall at Tamburello in Imola. That sealed my decision to become an automobile engineer specialising in motor sports because even the greatest driver in Formula 1 was at the mercy of the machine.
In India, motorsports is not very well developed. The number of races combining both racing and rallying in one year is ridiculously low. There are very few tuners in India and the technology used in cars develops at its own pace. But interest is growing and more people are curious about motor sports.
If you believe your calling is motor sports, learn cars first. Go work with your local garage mechanic. Learn how to use tools. Take your bike apart and put it back together. Learn when to service and when to replace. And learn the theory behind the working of any component. It is not necessary to graduate in Automobile Engineering but an engineering degree (forget I.T) does help. Try and do a course in design/modelling software.
Once you have graduated, work for at least two years on the shop floor of an automobile or motor sports company. Focus on vehicle integration, endurance testing, or the production line. Then go for a specialised master’s degree. Once you finish your master’s degree in motor sports engineering, there is a good chance that you will get to work with one of the top motor sports teams in the world.
Madras Institute of Technology, Chrompet
Hindustan College of Engineering, Kelambakkam
Sri Venkateshwara College of Engineering, Sriperumbudur
P.S.G College of Tchnology, Peelamedu, Coimbatore
Cranfield University, UK
Brunel University, UK
Motor sports companies
J.A Motorsport, Coimbatore
Leela’s Auto House, Coimbatore
Kari Sports Car Works, Coimbatore
Chettinad Racing, Coimbatore
NK Racing, Coimbatore
LG Sports, Coimbatore
Rams Racing, Chennai
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