Faha Mohammed Behzad (fourth right), CEO of Qatar Racing club, with CNA-Q drag racing driver Faisal Al Mohammed (fourth left), Joe Wood (third left), Team Technical Adviser, and other CNA-Q drag team crew on the launch of the college racing car at the campus yesterday. Abdul Basit
DOHA: CNA-Q presented its branded racing car to the public yesterday at the campus, under the patronage of Sheikh Khalid bin Hamad bin Khalifa AI Thani, President of Qatar Racing Club.
Dr Ken Macleod, President of CNA-Q, explained that the College’s Drag Racing Club was formed in September 2012 at the campus, with the intention of encouraging road safety, while providing interesting and challenging student projects.
“This activity provides an opportunity for our Engineering Technology students to apply their knowledge through practice and very real performance - and in this case, is something that we can all enjoy at the track. CNA-Q is very pleased to be a part of promoting road safety to our students and all Qatari youth,” said Dr Macleod.
An agreement between the Qatar Racing Club and CNA-Q began in September to brand one of the club’s race cars with CNA-Q’s logo for one year and allow usage by the College’s students for competition.
The College’s team will compete in five national events in 2013. The CNA-Q Student Drag Racing Team consists of one driver and four technical crew: driver Faisal Al Mohammed, and crew team: Adam Qaddoura, Ali Al Marri, and Jassim Radwani - all Mechanical Engineering students - and Kieran Soora - a Business Administration- Accounting student.
They are accompanied by James Mason, Process Automation Engineering Technology instructor and Faculty Adviser to the team, and Joe Wood, Team Technical Adviser - both from CNA-Q. The car is a true racing machine, boasting 1,000 horse power and two-speed transmission, measuring some 24 feet long and weighing l,700lbs.
It reaches a speed of 145mph, covering 1/8 of a mile, in 4.8 seconds. CNA-Q’s Drag Racing Team was directly involved in readying the car, working on the chassis and rebuilding the engine. Faisal Al Mohammed, driver of the car, says driving at that speed takes a great deal of focus to control the car and ensure safety.