Sunday, August 3, 2008

'Garuda' to hit road soon

'Garuda' to hit road soon

BANGALORE: A ray of hope for all vehicle owners worried about the soaring crude oil prices has emerged. A light weight car capable of achieving 180 kilometres per litre might hit the road soon.

The car, Garuda, developed by a group of eight students from the RV College of Engineering in Bangalore, is powered by a Honda GK 100 engine. A prototype of the car was unveiled on Saturday by the country’s top car designer Dilip Chhabria.

Explaining the features of the car, Nishant Sarawagi, team leader of the Project Garuda, said: ‘‘Garuda, powered by a 97 cc Honda GK 100 with 2 HP air cooled engine, will represent India at the SAE Supermileage and Shell, United States, and Eco-Marathans, United Kingdom. We will be the first Indian team to participate in these events and we are hoping to enhance the fuel efficiency to 500 kilometres per litre in the coming days,’’ said a confident Sarawagi.

The fuel efficiency of the vehicle was tested on the NICE corridor and under test conditions the car has demonstrated a mileage of 180 kilometres per litre. Tantra Infosolutions, CD Adapco and Chameleon Motors are the main sponsors for the project.

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