Students from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) launched the first electric formula racing car at an event on campus. The formula car, designated “RF23”, was entirely constructed by students as part of Team Raftar over the course and is the result of a year-long process, during which time they worked on its design, manufacture, and testing.

The additional power produced by an electric drive is expected to result in better performance in terms of speed and lap times when compared to the older Internal Combustion Engine model, according to the students.

Team Raftar, one of the competition teams from IIT Madras’ Centre for Innovation (CFI), consists of 45 students from several disciplines. The team is looking forward to showcasing India on an international stage, promoting engineering best practices that are accepted in the industry, and developing engineering students’ practical technical skills. The team intends to compete against the greatest teams from around the world at Formula Student Germany, the most prestigious Formula Student competition in the world, in August 2023.

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