The winning formula for engineering students at K. J Somaiya College of Engineering



January 14 2016,  17.38 PM IST || Pocket News Alert

The legacy of Orion Racing India (ORI) is all set to make a new mark. After consistently performing well for the past 9 years, the students of K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, Vidyavihar, unveiled their new prototype – ‘RIGEL’(after the brightest star in the Orion Constellation) on January 14, 2016.  The car is geared up to participate in Formula Student India 2016with 50 teams comprising of more than 2000 students from all over the country. ORIalso aims at participating in Formula Student Germany 2016 along with 120 teams from around the world to showcase their design, engineering and project management skills.

The dream team comprises of 60 members. The initial designing commenced in January 2015, which took around 4 months to complete. Following this, the team started manufacturing their components. The prototype was successfully assembled and ready for testing in October 2015. After extensive testing, the car is now ready to compete in the international competitions.Having secured the top spot in Formula Racing India 2015, the car is positioned at No.1 this year.

Neel Thakkar, Team Captain, Orion Racing India said, “We have received tremendous encouragement and support from the college management and faculty during the course of the project. It was a very enriching and fulfilling experience as the team members were exposed to various manufacturing techniques.This year simplifying manufacturing and assembly of the systems were the basic design requirements. We’ve switched to a KTM 390 cc single cylinder engine from a Honda CBR 600cc and a 10inch wheel package. To get vital engine working parameters and fuel map values a brake dynamometer was made in-house using the remnants of a bike chassis.The team worked with the intent of achieving better interfacing between man and machine with a lightweight and reliable design. This ideology led to a design which weighs around 175kg, 65 kg lighter than our previous prototype”.
Principal Dr. Shubha Pandit, K.J. Somaiya College of Engineering, said “We encourage our students to participate in these competitions, as they learn more about practical aspects of engineering, as well as of implementing innovations. They also learn teamwork, organisation skills, marketing and working under stress & deadlines.”

Features: Orion Racing Car 
Single-seater formula style prototype racecar
Engine: KTM Duke 390
Weight of the car: 175 kg
Acceleration: 0 to 100 kmph in 4.5 sec
Lateral Acceleration: 1.6 g
Incorporation of carbon fibre prepregs for manufacturing bodyworks and diffuser under tray
Use of Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) method for manufacturing our Airbox

The winning formula for engineering students at K. J Somaiya College of Engineering





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