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Students' innovations grab eyeballs on day two of Auto Expo

Shashank Shekhar, Hindustan Times  Greater Noida, February 07, 2014
First Published: 16:25 IST(7/2/2014) | Last Updated: 16:26 IST(7/2/2014)

Amidst the launch of many mean machines and futuristic products by leading automobile manufactures, a group of students managed to grab eyeballs with their unique creations at the second day of the 12th auto expo mega event on Thursday.

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While the extraordinary designs and innovative products of the auto giants got ample attention at the 12th edition of Auto Expo at the India Expo Mart in Greater Noida, the young students too managed to have their moment in the sun by flaunting their unique creations.

With a 600 cc Honda CBR engine, a group of students from IIT Delhi created their own version of the Formula 1. The car is yet to make its debut in Germany this year.

Explaining the specialty of their creation, Rahul Gaur, one of the students, said, “We paid a lot of emphasis on making the car light so that it can gain some extra speed. Also, with the engine of our choice, the car can run to a maximum speed of 110 km/h. But unfortunately Indian students lack sponsorship. If we can get more sponsors we can use carbon fiber body which can make the car at least 30 per cent lighter and much faster and safer”

Understanding the importance of alternate fuel, students of DYP-DC Pune, made an e-rickshaw which will run on electricity and hydrogen. It took nine months for the team of 12 students to build the vehicle along with the help of faculty members. “We have tried to make a vehicle which can replace auto rickshaws and is much cleaner and simple to use. All the parts of this vehicle are detachable so it is also easy to maintain,” said Yong Chol chon, head of design.

Not only racing cars but innovative designs by students also attracted many industry experts. Student of National Institute of Design exhibited their innovative designs for cars and motorbikes. “With customer demanding more than a good engine of a car designing has become very important. We imaging different characters and market needs and starts with sketching our ideas and finally a full scaled model is made. The auto expo gives us a platform to get direct feedback from the industry. Many of our seniors got placed in leading automobile companies because of their inimitable creations,” said Vijay Krishnan of NID.


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