An all-terrain car developed by the students of Rayat-Bahra Engineering College has been adjudged the first in Asia in the coveted US Baja Race.
The off-road vehicle was one of the 100 entries from educational institutes all over the world.
Held between April 24 and April 27 at the University of Texas, El Paso USA, the competition had experts from BRIGGS and STRATTON Corporation USA for engine, and Honda and Polaris experts for other specifications.
Built at a cost of Rs 35 lakh, the car weighs 235 kg and has 10 BHP engine with 305-CC displacement.
The Rayat-Bahra team designed and built prototype of a rugged, single seat, off-road recreational vehicle intended for sale to non-professional weekend off-road enthusiasts.
The vehicle is safe and can be easily maintained, said faculty adviser Jujhar Singh.
The team members are Captain Abhinav Sharma, Aakaash Bose, Ankit Girdher, Paras Bhardwaj, Navdeep Dimri, Gurbir Singh Benipal, Kartik Dogra, Abhishek Choudhary, Parminder Singh, Sameer Gupta and Hitesh Sharma.
Ankit Girdher drove the vehicle during the competition. Group chairman Gurvinder Singh Bahra said the vehicle designed by the students of the institute had bagged a position in an international event for the fourth time.