A racing car developed by over 75 students of IIT Bombay is set to compete against similar models designed by over 100 student teams from around the world. It took the team nine months to design the car, named 'ORCA'.
IIT-Bombay's racing team launched ORCA, along with NRB Bearings, Tata Motors, CEAT Tyres and other sponsors on Sunday at the campus auditorium.
"With an acceleration of 0-100kmph in 3.47 seconds, ORCA is faster than any other sports car made by Porsche, Tesla or Audi. Not only is its acceleration a record, it is the first time we have a special steel-frame chassis with carbon-fibre manufactured body, which not only reduces the weight but also stabilises the car at high speeds," said Rishabh Kappasia, a 4th-year student of Engineering Physics and leader of Team ORCA. "The car is awesome to drive thanks to its light weight, and its stability increases at high speeds," added Manthan Mahajan, a 4th-year student who drives ORCA whenever the team participates in any competition.
The car will represent India in the Formula Student UK competition, an annual car competition where electric and IC engine cars are judged on the type of engineering and the presentation skill, among other parameters. The IIT-Bombay team has participated in the event over the past five years, and are the only team to receive the FS award for design improvement three consecutive years.