TEAM MECHATRON: a team with students from different semester took an ambitious and a challenging project to build a formula hybrid car, which was first of its kind in Mysuru city.
The team built a parallel hybrid system, which is powered by a petrol engine and an electric motor. The car is powered by a 306cc Briggs and Stratton engine and a 2kW BLDC motor powered by a 52Ah Lithium Ion battery. The hybrid system is designed in such a way that the driver can choose the mode of propulsion. This system also charges the primary batteries when the car is driven by the petrol engine. The car uses a CVT transmission for the convenience of driving.
This car also has a feature where the driver can check certain performance parameters through mobile via Bluetooth. The car uses a space frame chassis with independent suspension. For safety, the car uses a standard impact attenuator, 5 point harness system, 3 kill switches and a 1.5mm thick firewall to protect the driver in case of a fire. The whole car was designed based on the rules and regulations set by FSAE.
The team participated in Hybrid Vehicle Challenge organized by Imperial Society of Innovative Engineers (ISIE- HVC 2018). The competition consisted of 3 main rounds. Round 1 was the pre-virtuals where team MECHATRON scored an All India Rank of 5. Round 2 was the Virtual Round, an elimination round, where the team scored an All India Rank of 14. The last round, the Dynamic Event, which was held at Buddh International Circuit, Grater Noida, from 17.1.18 to 22.1.18, the team successfully, cleared the Technical Inspection and various other events.
MECHATRON was led by Jeffin Steve and coordinated by Prof. Madhusudan S, Department of Mechanical Engineering, VVCE, Mysuru.