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Budding techies design tough car

- Hatia students conceptualise single-seater vehicle for security forces

Many college students drive cars, some tinker with their engines. But students of Hatia-based National Institute of Foundry and Forge Technology (NIFFT) have designed an all-terrain car that keeps its cool on hills and hairpin bends.

The single-seater car, now being built from scratch by engineering students based on their design, hopes to come of use to security personnel. It will be showcased at the all-terrain auto meet in Indore next February hosted by Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), India chapter.

Called Baja SAE 2013, 120 colleges from across India will take part in the event. SAE is an US-based outfit for engineering professionals in aerospace, automotive and commercial vehicle industries, with an Indian chapter.

“Our single-seater can run on bad roads, hills and deserts, unlike normal cars. When a normal car fails to climb uphill or slides, ours doesn’t do either,” Utsav Mahto, part of the 21-member car engineering team, said and added that their design had been approved by SAE (India) back in May.

On the other merits of the car, he added that no matter what surface, the car stays smooth.

“We have the twin advantages of smart hill climbing and smart assistance turning,” he said.

Team member Richard Doley gushed about the sharp turns.

“The driver has to use the turn indicator, instead of braking and turning the steering wheel. The braking system will aid superfast turns,” Richard said.

Members declined to reveal tech details for “obvious reasons” but were confident about their invention being loved by army, paramilitary and other security forces forced to commute on difficult terrain, including sand, potholed roads, dirt tracks and hills.

“Frankly, for a cost price of Rs Rs 4.5 lakh, our single-seater all-terrain car is a sound deal. Our institute director S.N. Sinha has assured us of all possible help, including funds,” Utsav said, adding that they started work on making the car from August and planned to roll it out by December for test drives before the meet.

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