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Delhi students' car to race on GP track

india Updated: Feb 19, 2007 15:34 IST
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Students of the Delhi College of Engineering (DCE) here have developed a single-seater sports car and are all set to vroom on the British Grand Prix tracks in July.

"The sports car is getting its final touches at our laboratory and should be ready by March. The invention will race in the Formula Student competition to be held this year at Silverstone - the pit of the British Grand Prix," said Arpit Srivastava, a second year mechanical engineering student of DCE.

"Thirteen students who are developing the car and two of our teachers would go to Britain for this event. We are thrilled and eagerly waiting to be on the track.

"It's a great honour to be a part of the Formula Student competition and more so to drive at Silverstone. The renowned track is hosting the event for the first time," Srivastava, one of the innovators, told IANS.

While ostensibly about the design and production of a single-seater racing car, Formula Student is more about building future engineering talent, not just in design and manufacturing, but in many of the management, marketing and people skills so vital in the modern world.

It provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate their skills, enthusiasm, ingenuity and commitment to engineering excellence, and for the industry to foster close links with the academia to develop the attributes in people they need for future success.

"The single-seater car, the competition and many engineering aspects would be judged by top guys from companies like Ferrari," remarked Vivek Bithar, another student associated with the project.

"During the endurance level, the car would run for 22 km with the provision of only one stop. The car has a fuel capacity of 22 litres."

The new car - DR07 - has a Honda CBR F4, 600 CC engine unlike its previous version that used a Yamaha engine.

"We have shifted to a Honda engine because it has a low centre of gravity and gives better stability while on the move. It reduces the chance of the vehicle toppling because of the speed," Bithar explained.

Besides Bithar, three other students - Harsh, Nitesh and Sulav - will drive the car at the three-day event. The rear wheel driver and front wheel steered vehicle has the power of reaching zero to 100 kmph speed within 3.64 seconds.

"It's a computer programmed (MPFI) car with hydraulic disc break. The body of the car is of reinforced glass fibre," said Srivastava.

Tata Motors is the main sponsor of the project, which cost around Rs.1.7 million.

"The total cost of the project from manufacturing to participating in the Formula Student competition is nearly Rs.1.7 million. While the manufacturing cost is nearly Rs 800,000, the rest is our expenditure including cargo.

"Tata Motors is our main sponsor and is giving us a little more than one million. The other sponsors include Speed, Bosch and Aura and Johnson MC's is giving us all required tools during the competition," Srivastava said.

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