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DTU's Formula Student Car at Auto Expo-2010.

January 05, 2010

Delhi Technological University has carved a place for itself among the auto innovators for its innovations in the area of next-generation automobile solutions. At the ongoing Auto Expo in Pragati Maidan, two of the latest DTU automobile designs - the Formula Student Car and Personalized Mover named "Mitra" have been put on display at Hall No 6C and 7 respectively. The DTU stalls were inaugurated today by Prof. P.B. Sharma, Vice Chancellor, DTU in the presence of Prof. R.K. Sinha, Dean, Industrial Research and Development, DTU and Prof. Sagar Maji, HOD, Mechanical Engineering Deptt, DTU.

The DTU Formula Student Car stands out among others in its category, for its lowest weight of 205 kg, which has been achieved through the use of carbon fibre body and other chassis innovations. The vehicle is powered by a Honda CVR 600 RR MPFi engine and has a power output of 70 BHP with its electronic fuel injection. The steering system of the vehicle is self-designed and has a quick disconnect mechanism. The vehicle is also equipped with G-force indicator and has Data Loggers installed for its monitoring on the track. The students team of DTU 'Team Defianz' will be participating in 2010 Formula Student Car competition in UK. Team managers Rahul Gupta and Ishpreet Batra are managing the stall at the auto expo.

Designed by DTU student Subhav Sinha, Mitra is a personalized vehicle capable of carrying a single person while standing on a motorized board. The vehicle finds application as a personalized transport inside the airport corridors, institutional campuses and also in speciality buildings where low noise pollution is required such as hospital and warehouses. The vehicle has a potential to be developed as a personalized transport for the Commonwealth Games especially within the large stadium complexes. Speaking at the exhibition, Prof. Sharma said, "We in India should respond in a favourable manner to the deployment of electric and hybrid vehicles. Besides reducing the air pollution significantly, it will cut down our dependence on crude oil. India can take a major lead to create a green future powered by its green mobility. With the commonwealth games fast approaching it would be highly desirable to have hybrid auto-rickshaws and hybrid taxis on Delhi roads. In addition, electric two-wheelers will also do a lot of good to the city of Delhi."

This year's Auto Expo is focussing on green mobility and is providing a major entry to the electric and eco-friendly vehicles for the Indian market. It is also worth mentioning here that DCE had designed the First Hybrid Car in 2005, which won First prize in student category in the Green Car Competition in US. The success of the University in the past, for its Super Mileage Vehicle, Hybrid Car, All Terrain Vehicle and Formula Student Car in international competitions in UK, USA, South Africa has provided a major flip to its student innovators. DTU has added Automotive Engineering as a major discipline from the academic year 2009-10 and has plans to propel green mobility through its Hybrid, Solar and Electric Vehicles in near future.