ITS Campus, ITS News – Doing most of the activity online is not a barrier to get an achievement. This was evidenced by one of the students of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) who won the Honda Brio Virtual Modification (V-Mod) #3 contest, which was officially announced on 19th August 2020.
Titled Racing Garage, the competition was held by PT Honda Prospect Motor in collaboration with the National Modificator and Aftermarket Association (NMAA) followed by participants spread across 43 cities in Indonesia. Contrast to its previous year, in this third year, Honda Brio V-Mod raised racing concepts such as Rally Look, Touring Style, Sports Daily, Drag Race, and Drifting Touch.
Muhammad Haekal Shafi, a student of the Department of Mechanical Engineering ITS who came out as a winner in this competition. Presenting the concept of Drifting Touch, he managed to compete with 789 other design works in Indonesia. “I choose the concept of drifting because in the market itself there are a lot of customers who like this concept, but in this competition participants who create this concept are still rarely. I’m looking for something different,” said this class of 2017 student.
Named his design with Brio Turbo-D, this student who is familiarly called Haekal chose a color that is quite different from most other participants, namely the basic color of bluish purple. According to him, this is the color that can easily attract the eye. “Usually drift cars have contrasting colors, but I think the darker color looks more alluring,” said the student who was born in 1999.
Not only that, Haekal continued, the addition of blue stripes and tosca also adds a dashing impression in this design. This color combination is a perfect combination to describe the aggressive impression. “Dark color reflects an aggressive attitude, looks like it can intimidate other cars, as well as the impression of racing drift is more visible,” said the automotive enthusiasts.
To create this design, Haekal claimed to have spent two weeks. With the template design provided by the organizer, he created by combining body kit design, rearview mirror, spoiler, rim, and tire according to the drifting theme he wanted. “For the fitting process is not directly installed. The process is manual, after previously removed certain parts, then brushed with burn tool and others,” he continued.
To inspire this kind of design, Haekal explained that research is key. According to him, understanding the theme is the initial key to going further. Thus, the research that has been done will fit the theme. It’s just like studying where research can be the key to everything. “For this design, I researched how drift cars design in the world,” he added.
Regarding the excellence of his design, Haekal explained that his Brio Turbo-D design was recognized by the jury that it was superior in detail. Because, a combination of body kit color, decal, interior and fittings, he finished it in as much detail as possible. “Probably because of the proportional design that suits, as well as the suitability of body kits and interior components that align with the theme as well,” he explained.
With the announcement of him as the 1st winner in this competition, Haekal hopes this achievement opportunity is also widely recognized by his fellow students, especially ITS students. Because exploring self-potential can be channeled in any case. “I hope ITS students can explore more about the world outside of lectures because the competition is not limited to paper-related things, there are still many opportunities out there,” he ended.(mad/rev/ITS Public Relations)
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