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All-electric race car 'Orca' developed by IIT Bombay Racing team

All-electric race car 'Orca' developed by IIT Bombay Racing team
Nikhil Puthran Nikhil Puthran Friday 27 May 2016, 12:33 PM

The Agni, Prithvi and all-electric Evo series race cars developed by the IIT Bombay Racing team has drawn attention in the past. The students have been involved in developing Formula race cars for about eight years now. This time around, the team has come up with their latest edition of an all-electric race car, called the Orca.

The new race car will be a part of the Formula Student competition which will be held in the UK in July. The Orca race car weighs a mere 242kgs, making it lighter in comparison to last year’s Evo 4.0 which weighed 302kgs. Powered by a 389-volt battery pack the car is capable of attaining a maximum speed of 145kph and is expected to clock a 0 to 100 kmph in just 3.47 seconds.

The carbon-fibre bodyworks and steel tube spaceframe chassis have been built in-house. The suspension and steering geometry has been designed based on lap time simulations run on an improved full-car model. The team is also working on various lay ups for developing carbon-fibre monocoque sometime by the next year. The Orca project is stated to have received support from NRB Bearings, Tata Motors and Ceat Tyres. The overall project cost reportedly stands at Rs 45 lakh.

Source: AC

 

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