Perseverance on the Face of Adversity

Perseverance on the Face of Adversity

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Forward, the Light Brigade !

All major mechanical modification work on the engine is complete. While predictions on mileage at this stage would be hugely premature and speculative, suffice it to say that it makes all the right noises and is technically eons advanced from the old engine. The next step is to fit it with all it' s electronic components under the guidance of our friends at Race Dynamics.

Earlier this month 5 members of the team were accorded the rare privilege of a visit to General Electric's breathtaking John F Welsh Technology Center for a discussion on the project with some of the best minds from GE. The session was extremely insightful and the team gained a considerable amount of useful input. We hope and believe that this is the start of what will be a long and mutually benificial partnership with GE.

A prototype chassis has been built completely and is found to be lighter than the previous model and better able to sustain loads. However upon analysis it was found that the design could be further optimized and therfore a new and improved model of the chassis is in the pipeline. Efforts are also on to identify a lighter plate material.

Our heartfelt gratitude to CD Adapco for the CFD Training program conducted by them for 3 team members. The program was extremely enlightening and the knowledge gained can be put to good use in the project.

Finally, Project Garuda has been nominated for the 'Rotary Young Achiever's Award', the presentation is scheduled for the 29th of this month. Fingers crossed for that...

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


* Work on the 2008-09 car is now well underway. The engine modifications, i.e converting side valve to overhead, shifting position of camshaft, addition of a sleeve to reduce bore are at a fairly advanced stage and should be completed within the next few weeks. Anupam and Vinay are waiting to pounce on it and lug it off to their electronics hide-out to fit it with EFI, CDI and related paraphernalia.

* Rejoice ! Rejoice ! New SAE identity cards have finally arrived !

* Shreyas, JK and Deepak (in collaboration with too many tormented souls to enumerate) have worked a minor miracle with the chassis design and it is now firmly on the ansys workbench. With a little bit of luck we will be at the machinists with that by the 27th of november.

* Word on the street is that we may soon have a new workshop on college premises somewhere in the vicinity of the new tennis courts. If confirmed we can all (quite literally) heave a collective sigh of relief. (Without inhaling half a ton of dust)

* Rejoice! Rejoice ! Arjun 'cow' Rao is finally on the job ! Instumental in pushing the papers for the new workshop, a CFD course conducted by the wonderful people at CD Adapco was also set up by cow. Releasing next week, 'Cow doing shell design'!

* A visit to Pune has been arranged to follow up on the eco-marathon hydrogen engine by obtaining some expert advice.

* The search for further funding is still on.

More updates will follow......

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Car Launch!!

Testing Video Click Here!!

The above is the link to the rediff site which covered our vehicle and its launch extensively. The video was taken during the testing of the car on the Bangalore Mysore NICE Corridor.