The selected teams will travel to Singapore to be part of the final phase of SEM where they will compete with similar teams from other parts of the world to design, build, test and drive the world’s most energy efficient vehicle. Team Futuramic has been participating in this contest from the past 3 years and have made 3 cars so far. They have been applauded for their consistent performance every year.
The student team is participating under the Gasoline category, this year. The prototype has a 100cc motorcycle engine and is expected to provide a mileage of 100+ kmpl in the Atharva Urban Concept. The vehicle has an engine control unit (ECU) with fuel injection, which has been specifically programmed and tuned for high mileage and efficiency. This is coupled with super light, stiff aluminum chassis which is believed to help in the low kerb weight.
Overcoming all the hardships, the team has managed to come a long way and hope to reach Singapore for the SEM 2018 final phase. Hurdles like insufficient funds, lack of mentorship and guidance, technical support, etc., have only made them stronger and kept them motivated to continue working towards creating innovative bright energy solutions to the energy challenges we are facing.
Speaking on the competition, Abhinandan Prabhu, Team Manager of Team Futuramic said,” It is a great opportunity and an honour for us to participate in Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018. The competition encourages innovation among students and provides an ideal platform for infusion of concepts, creativity and groupwork that is essential for the development of that one big idea that can break barriers in our efforts to create a sustainable solution in the areas of clean energy and future mobility.”
Commenting on the entries received this year, Mr. Nitin Prasad, Chairman at Shell Companies in India said, “Make the Future is Shell’s endeavour to find truly sustainable solutions that can resolve the industrial world’s dilemma of decarbonization. It is a humungous task, and at Shell, we believe it is the members of the young world who have an immense capability to usher in the change and chart the way towards a responsible and bright future. India’s participation in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the last few years has been commendable, and we are delighted to see an overwhelming response from students this year as well. I wish them all the very best for the next phase of the competition. Shell India will extend its support to the teams in the best possible manner.”
In the final of the competition which is running its eighth edition in Singapore between 8 -11 March 2018, universities which have been selected to represent India are K.J. Somaiya College Of Engineering; SRM University, Chennai; RV College of Engineering; VIT University; Delhi Technological University; Sir M Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology; Lovely Professional University; Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University; Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS); National Institute of Technology Raipur; SRM University Delhi – NCR; Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University.