Emirates SkyCargo has flown Sri Lankan-built race car ‘DI-MORA P2’- the racing car of ‘Team Shark’ – from Moratuwa University to compete in the world’s largest student motorsport competition Formula Student 2018 at Silverstone in the UK.
The car was designed, developed and built by students with funding support and guidance from the Sri Lankan automobile giant DIMO, to the UK to demonstrate the country’s prowess in designing and building innovative automobiles.
Managed under Emirates Wheels –the vehicles are handled by experienced personnel that are specifically trained on loading and unloading from the aircraft with utmost care and attention to vehicle, the staff and aircraft.
This is the second time that Emirates SkyCargo was contracted to transport a custom-built racing car from Sri Lanka. In 2016, the airline transported the car’s predecessor ‘D-MORA P1’ to Northamptonshire, England, to compete in the same competition.
Lighter and faster than the previous edition, D-MORA P2 was one of 92 entries to have successfully claimed a place for the competition at the iconic Silverstone Circuit.
DIMO sponsored the entire project from building and testing the car, arranging and financing the team’s logistics including air freight of the car and inland transport for the team while in the UK, as well as arranging necessary insurance cover for the team and car while in the UK.
Emirates SkyCargo is the largest international airline cargo operator in the world and connects cargo customers to over 160 cities across six continents, while the division’s cargo hold capacity encompasses Emirates’ fleet of over 270 aircraft, including 14 freighters – 13 Boeing 777-Fs and one B747F.
The Dubai-based carrier celebrated 32 years of serving Sri Lanka earlier this year, currently connects Sri Lanka to the world with 35 flights a week from Colombo – 28 flights a week westward to the Maldives and Dubai and a daily flight eastward to Singapore.