Bengaluru students have set a new record by creating a low-weight All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV). The vehicle, which is to be launched in the city on Wednesday, weighs just 143 kg and can move 150 feet in just 5.3 seconds. The vehicle has been developed by Team Helios from RV College of Engineering. According to the team captain Shrivarakote, the vehicle weighed 264 kg in 2014. In 2015, it weighed 166 kg, the lightest at the various events in the country where the team took part. This year, the weight was further reduced by using carbon fibre bodyworks, aluminium and composites wherever required. This has been done to increase the acceleration (5.3 seconds to cover 150 feet as against 5.9 seconds to cover the same distance last year), and to improve the handling of the car. By doing so, the car has become stronger and lighter by design improvisation, and using better suited materials.
The car will be able to overcome greater obstacles, and will be able to withstand greater loads. The engine used is the same, a 300cc,10 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. Since the engine used is the same and the car is lighter, the performance of the car is expected to be better than last year. The vehicle was extensively test-driven at an off-road track in Bengaluru. Due to its light weight and improvement, all-terrain manoeuvrability has been increased. This year, the students aim to perform better than last year in all parameters. The goal is to be one of the lightest, fastest and safest vehicles in the World Cup hosted by the BAJA Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). “We strive not just to win, but to better ourselves, our design and our execution each year. Having proven our mettle in India, we want to represent India on the international stage with one of the best cars to have come out of our workshop. We will be one of very few teams from India at the US event and this is not just a source of great pride but a call to bear the responsibility of showcasing the engineering and design prowess of India and to put India on the BAJA world map,” said a student, said vice-captain Santhust Vasuki K.
This year, the students are participating in three competitions; two national and one international event. The national competitions include BAJA Student India, which will take place from January 22 to 26 at the Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida, in which they will be competing against 50 other teams from across India. The other national competition is BAJA SAE India, which will take place from February 16 to 21 at Natrax facilities, Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh. The team will also be competing against 125 teams from across India. The international event is BAJA SAE Rochester, which will take place from June 9 to 12, at Rochester, New York. They will be competing against 100 teams from various countries such as India, South Korea, China, Saudi Arabia, USA, Canada and Mexico.
Team Helios Racing is a student design project, initiated by the students of RV College of Engineering in 2005. Every year, the students conceptualise, design, build and test a single-seater All- Terrain Vehicle (ATV), and participate in various competitions in India and abroad. The students are specialised in creating single seater All-Terrain Vehicles for competing at events conducted by BAJA SAE at national and international events. The various stages that go into building an ATV are – data acquisition, design, analysis, manufacturing, assembly and testing. The team was started in 2005 and has won a number of championships so far. – Courtesy