Bengaluru college students to go vroom in international races

The RV College of Engineering’s student racing team, Ashwa Racing will unveil two cars - one hybrid and another combustion-based that have been developed and designed by its students, today.

Published: 25th February 2017 03:32 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2017 03:32 AM   |  A+A-

Students of RV College of Engineering with their car

By Express News Service

BENGALURU:The RV College of Engineering’s student racing team, Ashwa Racing will unveil two cars - one hybrid and another combustion-based that have been developed and designed by its students, today. The team will also be participating at two international student competitions in USA and Italy to be held in a few months.  

The combustion vehicle will take part in the ‘Formula SAE Italy’ that will take place in July that will see participation from around 80 teams from across the world. The hybrid vehicle will take part at the ‘Formula Hybrid’  competition to take place in May. Both the events have been organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers or SAE.

Dr Ravi Kulkarni, professor and mentor of the student team say that there have been a few tweaks and changes this year in the vehicles. For example in the combustion car they have reduced the weight by as much as 40 kgs compared to previous vehicle. There are also very improvements in the combustion vehicle. “We have been taking part in these competitions for quite now and I can tell you that we do pretty well. For example in the Hybrid category we came fourth last year. This year we want to finish in the top three.”

Kulkarni further says that the team has been improving over the years. “People think that these are primarily racing events however more then racing these test the engineering capabilities of a team. The races test parameters such a drivability and maneuverability, endurance and other factors.”

Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team.

He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating. “For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds
Rounak Maru, a fourth year instrumentation student and a team member highlighted that there are as many as 110 students from across all years and various branches who are part of the team. He also highlighted that for the combustion based vehicle, a few teams from India may also be participating.

“For the hybrid event however our team is probably the only one from the country,” he adds.

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