Vellore, Dec 2:
For past few months, a group of 28 students from Vellore Institute of Technology have been living by the motto “Dreams go a long way”. Together as Team Eco Titans, these students are all set to turn their dreams into reality by showcasing their unique fuel-efficient vehicle to the world.
The gasoline-powered prototype designed by the team will be seen at the upcoming Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Challenger, which is the part of “Make the Future India”event to be held in Chennai from December 6-9, 2018.
The first edition of the Make the Future India is four thrilling days of discussion, debate, invention, collaboration and competition centered around the exciting future of mobility. The team’s vehicle will be competing with 19 other participating teams from across the country at Madras Motor Race Track, to find out whose car goes the farthest on the least amount of energy.
The prototype, called as Project Decimas, took its inspiration from nature’s fast-moving animals. Its chassis has been built using an aluminum and glass composite shell while the body boasts an aerodynamic design manufactured from a carbon fiber composite. Overall, the lightweight body minimizes the drag coefficient.
It uses a GY6 50cc four-stroke internal combustion engine with electronic fuel injection and a bell crank steering mechanism. A CVT transmission system with a chain drive and hydraulic brakes add to the efficiency and driving experience on the track. The vehicle expects to give a mileage of 170kmpl.
Interestingly, the team has been participating in SEM since 2010. They secured the third position among all Indian teams in the SEM Asia 2018. Prakash V, Team Manager, Team Eco Titans, says, “SEM, one of the world’s leading competition, is a great opportunity to showcase our innovations in addressing the energy crisis the world is facing. It not only helped us in developing bright energy ideas but also fine tune our prototype to gain maximum energy efficiency.”