During the Supra Sae India Student Formula 2014 that was recently held in Chennai, students from the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Rourkela bagged the runner up award for building a car designed by them.
The team called Road Runners, from NITR participated in this national level event which was organised by the Madras Motor Sports Club at Chennai. The team were one among 100 other teams that participated and walked away with a trophy and some prize money.
Road Runners built a car powered by a Yamaha motorcycle engine that was bought from the US. The engine is off an R6, a 600cc inline four cylinder engine. The engine produces 120 bhp and can reach a peak torque of 66 Nm.
The engine was powerful enough to propel the 360 kg car built by the students to 100 km/h in about seven seconds from standstill and achieve a top speed of 160 km/h.
The car is made of a lightweight fiberglass body and has a real-time data acquisition system and GPS system. The fuel tank, exhaust system and the intake manifold were designed by the students themselves which helped keep the cost low.
The whole car cost INR 7.5 lakh to build from scratch.
R.K.Sinha, a spokesperson for NITR said that the judges appreciated the fact that the car had really good brakes and did not make too much noise.
The team has now qualified to participate in the Formula Student India event, which will be held in January 2015. The team of students will participate with teams from other countries.
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