An auto transmission car, a tricycle, a scooter fitted with an extra wheel – these are some of the vehicles usually used by the differently-abled. Now, there is one more added to the list, a unique one too, designed by budding engineers of MIT Manipal.
As part of their final year project, automobile engineering students of MIT Manipal have come up with a ‘trike’, which is likely to appeal to the differently-abled. This model serves a dual purpose as it is not only for the differently-abled but can be enjoyed by other trike lovers too.
The project has been designed by four students – Sayyed Abdul, Prakyath, Apoorv Prem, and Satyam. Sayyed and Prakyath are from Mangalore while Apoorv and Satyam hail from Delhi. It was total dedication, hard work, and team effort by these four that made this project successful.
Speaking to the media, Prakyath said, “There are three key features in this trike that can make it successful. First, it comes with a 1000 cc engine; secondly, it has an automatic transmission; and third, it is a three-wheeler. These three key features are likely to attract a huge number of people to these trikes.”
“So far, differently-abled people have had no other option other than the same old models available in the market. Hence, this trike is likely to bring happiness not only to the differently-abled people, but also to trike fans. This machine can still be improvised,” he added.
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Sharing his thoughts, Sayyed said that the trike has auto transmission and is very comfortable and ideal for the differently-abled. “It runs at a maximum speed of 150 km/hr and has a 50 BHP engine fitted with a ’98 Model Suzuki Zen engine, Royal Enfield Thunderbird projector headlamps, KTM front forks and Hayabusa tyres at the rear with 16-inch Skoda mag wheels make it look grand. The mileage at present is a minimum of 20 per litre. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 3 lac,” he explained.
“Our project guide Ravishankar Baliga and HoD Rammohan Pai have named this project and model as ‘Monster Trike’,” said Sayyed and Prakyath.
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