As already shown, teams racing in the TTXGP are truly an international group and not everyone is as well funded as some of the pro teams. Kapil Shelke, team leader of Team TORK, which will be competing in the Open class, wanted us to know about their efforts, which consists of four students all in their final year of Mechanical Engineering at D.Y Patil College of Engineering, Akurdi and representing Pune University. Kapil Shelke, Ketan Mhasawade, Krunal Nanavati and Pankaj Gosavi, have been working on this project for the past two years. It all started with the idea of making an electric motorcycle:
We are all petrol heads by nature and that got the team together. The team started with an idea to make a sports motorcycle that can match and compete with a petrol driven motorcycle and still make no compromises in the handling, range and speed.
As mechanical engineers it took us a complete year to understand the basics of EV and to implement it to a motorcycle frame and dynamics. But even with limited resources, knowledge and experience the team constructed a first prototype.
The team is entering TTXGP to compete and stand along with the bike and team whom we sought inspiration from. We as a team want to change the perception about Electric Motorcycles in India.
I'll say it again and again, if you have an idea and desire, don't wait, get up and just do it. These students have learned what real engineering and building are all about, theory is great but hands on work is indispensable for converting "know about" into "know how," and far too few know the difference
Nice work guys and good luck in the TTXGP!