ILEAD Kolkatawitnessed the qualifiers of the second edition of Red
Bull Desert Wings University Challenge, a thrilling competition for students who are motorsport
enthusiasts. On 21 st November at this highly competitive, remote controlled, ‘mini Dakar’ race with
95 student registrations, AadilAftab from JD Birla Instituteset the fastest time –10.437 seconds- on a
specially created track.
The second edition of Red Bull Desert Wings University Challenge will also have qualifiers across
India. Winners from each qualifier will compete in the national finals in November. The national
winner will be flown on an all-expense paid trip to Arequipa, Peru to compete in the World Finals
from 10th -13th January 2019. The national winner will also get the opportunity to witness the
toughest rally raid the Dakar Rally in Peru.
After winning the National Finals of the inaugural edition of Red Bull Desert Wings last year, Rohit
Mahalikudi(from M.S. Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Bengaluru)was one of the students flown to
the actual Dakar Rally in Pisco Peru for the final RC car race and an once-in-a-lifetime experience
with actual Dakar teams.Any university student above 18 years of age and holding a valid passport is
eligible to participate.
Date: 21 st November 2018
Winner: AadilAftab from JD Birla Institute Kolkata
Number of Registrations – 95
The competition globally will have around 5000 participants across 4 continents, 11 countries
(Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, France, India, Peru, Slovenia, South Africa & Spain) and
50 different cities.
The World Final will take place in Arequipa, Peru from the 10 th -13th of January 2019, where the
country winners will have a real Dakar experience, alongside competing for the title of Red Bull
Desert Wings University Challenge Global Winner. For their final challenge, they will compete side-
by-side against each other, racing the cars around a bespoke track, custom built in the Peruvian
desert sand and designed to push both their cars and skills to the limit. The real Dakar experience
will involve meeting the world-famous Dakar pilots, watching racing from the sand dunes, sleeping
desert style under the stars and lots more activities to enjoy the Peruvian culture.
This year, setting the fastest lap is not the only way to win a trip to the Dakar! The Content Creator
Challenge is where students globally are challenged to film a cool Instagram story of the action at
their local event/s (maximum 3 full story entries) where they must use #redbull #desertwings
somewhere in the story and save the full story to their highlights on Instagram. Entries close
December 10th 2018. 1 st Place (Globally) winsThe Dakar experience in Peru &10 Runner Up’s
(Globally) win the Carrera RC car
For more information, log on towww.redbull.in/desertwingsuni