With rising oil prices and energy crisis all over the world, the emphasis on creating more fuel-efficient vehicles have increased in recent times. The latest effort in the field that has created ripples is by three sixth semester mechanical engineering students of Government Engineering College, Barton Hill situated in Thiruvananthapuram.
Bibin Sagaram, Ronith Stanley and Vishnu Prasad S. are the 3 mechanical students who created the vehicle that can go more than 200 Km in just one liter of petrol under the guidance of faculty members Santhosh Kumar and Anver Sadath. This fuel-efficient vehicle has been selected for the International Fuel Efficiency Contest, “Shell Eco Marathon” to be held in Philippines from February 26 to March 1, 2015.
Powered by a Honda GX35 engine, the vehicle uses lightweight materials, advanced aerodynamic techniques besides advanced tuning for extreme efficiency. The vehicle’s chassis is made out of light-weight aluminium and the body is made out of extremely strong fiberglass and polycarbonate.
“The highly aerodynamic construction of golf ball-like body is advantageous. We have proved that the golf ball having dimples in its surface was speedier than the normal surfaced ball”, said Sagaram.
The vehicle is designed such that after running on a high speed if the engine is put in ‘off’ mode, it still continues to run, saving petrol.
This project was part of a study that was funded by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE) under the Technology Development and Adaptation Programme.
The vehicle with two wheels in the front and one at the rear is designed to take one passenger. The steering wheel is similar to that of a three wheeler. The driver can sit in a reclining position and steer the vehicle.
The vehicle is slated for some more changes in its design before July this year; the time slated for the project to get completed.
The vehicle has advanced safety features including collision warning system, engine temperature monitor and seat belt.