India’s take on Formula One

Automobiles The students of Thapar University put together a Formula One car

We now have a made-in-India Formula One car, a first of its kind, developed by the students of Thapar University, Patiala. The car is much smaller than the normal car. It was showcased at the recently concluded Auto Mall 2009 at Pragati Maidan.

The Thapar University team code named ‘Team Fateh’ took part in the university level Engineering Design competition which had participants from all over the world. The competition for graduate and undergraduate students was organised by the Society of Automotive Engineers, referred to as Formula One series at the student level, in Silverstone, U.K.

The Formula One car developed by the students has a 500cc Bullet Machismo engine with the shockers borrowed from Bajaj Pulsar and the tyres sponsored by JK. The car can reach a top speed of 100 kms per hour giving a decent fuel average of 20 kms to a litre of petrol. The driving seat is so small that even an average size man can enter only after taking the steering wheel out. The students are now working on the shortcomings of the car. A revamped version will have a more powerful 600 cc engine sourced from Honda or Kawasaki.

The Auto exhibition is second only to the Auto Expo, if the organisers are to be believed. The show however was a disappointment to people who came to see new models. No launches happened at the exhibition. The auto companies took the opportunity to help prospective buyers get a closer look at the cars.

Showcasing the might of their machines were brands like Toyota, Ford, Mahindra, Tata Motors, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai , Skoda and also the battery powered Reva. However, the crowd puller was the latest BMW X6 priced at Rs.1.15 crore. A Land Cruiser and a Porsche Cayene posed next to the X6. Certain vintage cars, super bikes as well as modified bikes were also showcased at the exhibition. The old beauties staring at the newer versions were Chevrolet, Austin, Buick Super Eight, Triumph and an Impala.

The three-day event organised by Relio Quick India Private Limited drew a good number of auto lovers. Inevitably, all the attention was around the Formula One racing car.


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