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Vellore engineering students design car for a New York competition

A thirteen-member team of engineering students from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) has designed an all-terrain car, which will represent India in New York during a prestigious Collegiate Design competition.

By Narendra

Vellore (Tamil Nadu), May 27 : A thirteen-member team of engineering students from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) has designed an all-terrain car, which will represent India in New York during a prestigious Collegiate Design competition.

Powered by a 300-cc horsepower engine of Belgian make, the car can attain a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour. It is fitted with Australian tyres.

The specially prepared car is all set to zoom past the grounds of Rochester Institute of Technology in New York, where it will participate as the maiden Indian entrant for the ensuing Collegiate Design Competition.

Tagged "Agastya", this team is all set to earn pride for the country with its maiden entry in such a prestigious event, scheduled for June 7 to 10 under the aegis of the Society of Automotive Engineers.

"It is an all-terrain vehicle; not a car meant for the roads but an off road vehicle. It runs better on hilly and mountainous terrain. It has been especially made for a race that is going to be held in Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. It is organised by Society of Automotive Engineers, which encourages talented engineers. I am in fourth year mechanical. I have designed the model of this car," said Avinash Mitt, a student-member of team "Agastya".

It took about two lakh rupees for these innovative engineering students to design and assemble such a car.

According to one of the student-members of Agastya, it could be useful for commercial purposes if the input costs are reduced.

"It can be used in places like granite quarry, swampy areas etc. It can be driven easily as both its tyres are balanced. It has been fabricated keeping in mind certain parameters. Thus, it can work easily on rough and rocky areas," said Kaushik another team member.

The Collegiate Design Competition is an international event in which students design, fabricate and even drive various types of automobiles including formula-style racing car.

It is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

The determined members of Agastya took around eight months to roll out the car from their workshop at the Vellore Institute of Technology campus.

ANI

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