Three Automobile Engineering students of MIT Manipal, as their final year project, decided to do something different but also closely related to their passion and course. After doing some survey and research they found out that the Indian market is devoid of any category which caters to the performance oriented handicapped. And thus came up the idea of this 1.0-litre trike.
The design, fabrication and also everything else was carried out by Apoorv Prem, Sayyed Abdul Tawab and Prakyath Raj (Till halfway – Satyam) – final year students of Automobile Department of MIT Manipal.
To make a vehicle that is handicap friendly wasn’t an easy task and needed many alterations and modifications to a normal trike. So they decided to make one on their own instead. Taking a 1000cc engine with automatic transmission they started on the project 4-months back. Through the journey they brought about the numerous new modifications that the vehicle now boasts.
Sayyed says that the trike is equipped with an auto transmission that is very comfortable and ideal for the differently-abled. “It runs at a maximum speed of 150 kmph 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 alloy wheels make it look grand. The mileage at present is a minimum of 20 kmpl. The estimated cost of the project is Rs. 3 lakh.”
“Our project guide Ravishankar Baliga and HoD Rammohan Pai have named this project and model as ‘Monster Trike’,” said Sayyed and Prakyath.
(Special thanks to Mr. Sayyed Abdul Tawab, Mangalore for sharing the information and pictures of ‘Monster Trike’.)
Check out more pictures, after a jump.