Tribute to Team Sapuangin ITS XI:
Rise up against the impossibility
Never have I felt proud and passionate that this powerful. Just a few days off, I received a report about the burning car Sapuangin XI who had just arrived in London for follow Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) The World Drivers Championship for the first time was held to bring together the champions race fuel-efficient cars in the entire world in English.
In this case the team Sapuangun ITS status as champion of Asia Pacific, so come there not just to represent Indonesia. How despondent feelings ITS student teams who arrived at the site of the race faced with the fact that the car race pride they have been burnt to ashes in almost all parts. Some members of the team could not help crying instantly, some just stared in disbelief, how the shadow ideals a step, taken since the Surabaya wiped away. As if there is a great power that took our nation's expectations to prevail. O Allah, let alone trials they face in a state of fasting is not less than 19 hours in the UK there.
News from committee, burnt out cars were still in container should not be demolished because it is still in under investigation. Only approval from the Fire department shall provide clearance whether the car can be removed or not. Not finished until there, the race committee had already established that the ITS team can not participate in the competition because of the severe damage suffered. It will cease all dreams had already in eyelid for this fight and practiced so long to get to be in a very prestigious.
Almost all members of the team experienced a down facing of the disaster. I wonder what the cause, why the vehicle that has been so carefully packed her heart may burn, but sent the race car to LN's already a common thing. Even last time when to send it to and from Manila, Philiphine, while following the race SEM Asia Pacific region, as well as all goes well their.
While as if all hope was erased, the members of the team tried to get up to be able to do something so that they must not only be a spectator in the country, saw her friends from other universities, representatives of European and American racing. Some members of the team total of 8 people trying to rebuild hope, let alone Mr.Wi lecturer preceptor accompanying them continue to give encouragement not to give up. The fact then is that in fact Mr. Wi already informed the committee that ITS is final not allowed to follow the race on the grounds of his car was broken and could not be repaired anymore.
Begin Tim was trying to approach and communicate with various parties, including the Ecoshell officials in Indonesia and Asia. So far they are very supportive to give opportunity to the team to be able to rebuild the race car in 2 days left! Crazy idea, but whatever comments people, unable to stem the fighting spirit Arek-Arek ITS is in fighting spirit inherited blood Heroes Ten November!
But the problem is committee SEM Europe as the organizer does not allow ITS team to unload the crates and get his car. Moreover, they are not sure of the safety of materials used previously burned, because suspected to contain B3 so feared would endanger. Only inspection of the official authorities are going to be able to provide justification if the crate can be dismantled and the car can be removed or not.
Because there are very strict regulations, would not want team members to be patient to wait. But what amazed is the spirit of those who never give up. Instead of sitting still, they began to make a new car design, construction and start from scratch by buying some new components improvise and use equipment that is too modest. Really handy craft that's Mr.Wi commented.
Their hope, if they have permission to unload the car on fire, they can still take advantage of the engine and the rear of the vehicle that was almost intact except charred wiring system. Begin working team in the middle of the air is relatively still cold, and continue to work no less than 17 hours. Their concentration, forgetting that they were fasting, and even then they were 'forced' to stop at 23 night because the paddock is already turned off the lights and of course they may not work in the dark.
The team was forced to rest while continuing to discuss and think about how to replace the parts that are thought to have perished, including the tires melted entirely. The presence of a car in the paddock back number given by the committee ITS team is 902 (meaning seeded / seeded no. 2) to make their dream of contesting added buoyant even at any cost they have to face.
Mr. Wi as preceptor continue to try to lobby there here including contact ITS ask for assistance contact the Embassy in London to be as convinced committee that ITS was permitted to take most of the equipment remaining "Sapuangin" car and be allowed to join the qualifying race participants back. There are no positive repons heck of Embassy but team members do not maudlin. While some members of the team continue to work Sapuangin marathon and tried to replace the front of the car with the aluminum. Potluck indeed, not streamlined and heavier weight of the original material is made from carbon fiber, but what may make, no wood rattan also useful, it will at least meet the technical criteria in order to be allowed to compete.
In the end, seeing the persistence of the team members are outstanding militants, the committee finally allow the team to take the parts that can still be reused, including the engine block which "Alhamdulillah" not burn. Direct team has been very, very tired actually, but is not perceived as a shadow for a chance to compete much more promising. Furthermore, only a few hours left to be examined by the Race Inspector of eligibility to qualify for the race car.
Of input pre inspection turns out there are parts that are still to be completed and there is also a section that is not yet functioning, including the wiper. Looking for some components are still lacking, especially in the land of the middle of nowhere really is a thing very draining team to the limit of patience they have. However, help is always just in time, an alumni of ITS machine domiciled in London and then just give help to address this, including giving new tires for cars "Sapuangin."
Finally a car that was built in just 2 days standing, compassion pushed all members of the team including the ITS and alumni of the academic community in the country as it continues to monitor the progress of each second to give moral and material support. However, feeling anxious still haunts Tim Sapuangin ITS. The big question is can this impromptu car passes inspection and was permitted to join the race? It was a very stressful moment ....
Time was running very slow when it comes to the car inspection pantia Sapuangin this new edition. Carefully one by one part of their check, observed and tested, while members of the team and hold my breath waiting quietly ... Alhamdulillah 2 sticker attached to the car body means pass the test.
At time of writing this tribute, in Queen Park London, car Sapuangin pride Arek-Arek ITS are already running around the circuit with a savings rate of 183 km / l. The record own still below the 225 km / l. But the data is still quite chalenging to be a champion. May the team stay focused and stay humble tawadhu alias, because everything that happens just because of the permission and His will. Join continued struggles with prayer, and the best prayer is prayer ibu..seperti slogan plastered on the windshield of a car dashboard your Sapuangin.
Congratulations your fight already a national hero!
With Prays and courage.
JH - Rector of ITS