Team SHARK and the DIMO Management including Ranjith Pandithage - Chairman and Managing Director Vijitha Bandara – Director and Gahanath Pandithage CEO of DIMO

Engineering students from the Mechanical Engineering Department of University of Moratuwa, with the magnanimous support from Diesel & Motor Engineering (DIMO) unveiled the D-Mora P1 race car by the students to participate in the world’s biggest student motorsport competition ‘Formular Sutdent 2016’.

The D-MORA P1 is designed to be the vehicle for choice for the aspiring formula race car driver, or the weekend track racing enthusiast, at a competitive price. Powered by a naturally aspirated 600cc 4 cylinder Honda CBR engine, tuned to deliver 70 bhp (restricted), it manages to propel the car weighing 300 kg (including a 80 kg driver and fuel) from 0 to 100 km/h in minimal time, accelerating to speeds in excess of 140 km/h (limited).

The steering wheel mounted paddle-shifter provides both the amateur and professional with a memorable formula car experience. The steel tube space-frame chassis coupled with unequal A-arm suspension at both front and rear gives the customers an affordable race car solution to hone their skills, before entering the professional level.

The Formula Student 2016 is to be held at the Silverstone Circuit in the United Kingdom from 14th to 17th July 2016. The competition is expected to feature over 3,000 students, 5,000 attendees, 250 industry professionals and over 130 universities from 30 countries.
Organized by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Formula Student is Europe’s most established educational motorsport competition and is backed by the industry and high profile engineers.

The competition challenges university student engineers from around the world to design, build and race a single-seat racing car in one year in order to compete in static and dynamic events, demonstrating their understanding and testing the performance of the race car.

The team from the University of Moratuwa – TeamSHARK – is the first-ever Sri Lankan team entering the Formula Student competition and is fully-sponsored by DIMO. The company has provided financial support to build the car and will be funding the team’s trip to the UK.

“This is indeed a proud moment not only for DIMO and the University of Moratuwa but for all Sri Lankans. We wish TeamSHARK and their exciting creation – the D-Mora P1– the very best as they race to the finish line in their attempt to showcase the outstanding engineering talents of Sri Lanka to the world,” said Ranjith Pandithage – Chairman and Managing Director DIMO.

“The University of Moratuwa is the one of the main hubs of engineering and technical knowledge in the country and delivers exceptional individuals in the fields of technical disciplines”, said Sasiranga De Silva, the lecturer-in-charge of the TeamShark.