Singapore’s English daily The Straight Times according, the R22e was unveiled by Chee Hong Tat, the country’s senior minister of state transport on June 28 in Singapore. On this occasion, Muhammad Nazirul Syahmi, a fourth year mechanical engineering student, told that he had very little resources for this project. “Many of our simulations and tests had to be built from scratch,” said 24-year-old Siahmi.
Siahmi further explained that he did not have experience in high-voltage systems and EV technology, so he enlisted the help of NUS teaching staff to understand how to handle electrical systems. The staff approached companies in the local industry to organize workshops and self-study for them.
The report further states that college students have built a total of 19 internal combustion engine race cars over the past 21 years, but the R22e is their first electric race car. The students worked for 18 months to make this car.
According to the vehicle specifications given by the team to the publication, this electric race car can produce 80 kW of power, and its acceleration and top speed can exceed the performance of such ICE vehicles built by the team.
Professor Sih Kar Heng, NUS FSAE Project Advisor, said that the rapidly growing global electric car market has made it important for students to be equipped with knowledge about electric car technologies. It has a top speed of 125.4 kmph and can accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 3.9 seconds.<!–