Solar car designed by NSIT students popular at Auto Expo
Tucked between a row of stalls is the solar-powered car ‘Advay II’, designed by a team of 16 engineering students from the Netaji Subhash Institute of Technology, Delhi University. Built over a year, this car’s yellow body does not bear resemblance to any current car model in production.
“We call this an aerofoil design, which offers minimum resistance to air, making the car aerodynamic and faster. It is a common design followed by many prototype solar cars,” said Nikhil Gupta, a third-year student of Instrumentation and Control and team leader.
In 2009, Gupta was part of another team of engineering students from his college that designed an earlier variant of this car, ‘Advay I’, which participated in the South-African Solar Challenge-2008, and came third. Since then, Gupta has formed a new team that has been fighting budget constraints and beating deadlines to get the car ready in time for the Auto Expo. The car, five metres in length, has an interior made of aluminium and an outer body of carbon fibre-reinforced sheets and polyurethane foam mixture that reduces the weight of the car to 380 kg.
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