Students develop car that covers 180 km in 1 litre petrol

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{image-RV College Student develop car_20102008.jpg}Guwahati/Bangalore, Oct 20: For those who are on a look out for a fuel efficient vehicle, here is a good news. A group of students has developed a car which can cover an amazing 180 km in just one litre of petrol.

A team of mechanical engineering students of RV College of Engineering, Bangalore, has designed and developed an aero-dynamic extremely light weight prototype with a low power 97 cc generator engine of two horse power (HP). The car has an air-cooled engine with molten sized recumbent rear and two front wheels weighing 600 gms each, leader of the eight-member team, Nishant Sarawgi said in Guwahati on Monday, Oct 20. At a power-point presentation of the prototype vehicle 'Project Garuda - RVCE Supermileage Car', Sarawgi, who hails from Guwahati, said the carburetor has better-burning efficiency and higher control over air and fuel mixture.

The fuel efficiency of the car under test conditions on the NICE corridor in Bangalore demonstrated a mileage of 180 km per litre.

The 55 kg single-person car is ten feet long, 2.5 feet wide and high and has to be driven in a reclining position, he said, adding that the Project Garuda was made at a cost of Rs 5.5 lakh.

"The project not only gave us a chance to implement the concepts that we had learnt in theory, but also helped each one of us to unleash our inner potential to innovate and find implementable solutions to practical problems," he said.

To a query on the viability of the prototype design being adopted into a regular car, he said "Commercial aspects are involved. Innovations on the engine can be given a commercial turnover."

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