India has many home-made cars that are powered by bike engines and engines from other cars. However, most of them are not well-designed and look quite ordinary. Here is a car called Project SR made by a group of youngsters that has a Caterham roadster-inspired design. It is not clear if this was a college project or an individual project.
The video says that the car has been completely designed by the team, while the fabrication was done from somewhere else. The video claims that even the chassis has been designed in-house; the car we see here is built on the third chassis. It is called the Prototype 1 and is powered by the Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre petrol engine. The body panels are made are made of fibre that gives it an extremely lightweight body.
The body panels, headlamps, front radiator grille, shock absorbers are all inspired from Caterham’s roadster design. It is quite possible that the youngsters imported a Caterham assembly kit and put in a new engine. However, we cannot confirm the same as the details are unclear. The person in the video who is said to be one of the team members says that it took them two years to complete the project.
The car gets bucket seats with the four-point safety harness. It gets a three-spoke steering wheel and a full-LCD console behind it. The dashboard gets a few switches, but there are no gauge meters, which suggest that all the information is displayed on the screen itself. Apart from that, we can see a transmission lever and blank dashboard.
The car was taken out for a spin and we could make out that it had a quick acceleration. There is no speed mentioned anywhere, so we cannot assume the top-speed or the timing, but from the video the acceleration is evident. The Ford EcoBoost 2.0-litre engine is quite a popular product. Even India’s first sportscar, DC Avanti uses the same engine. The turbocharged 2.0-litre engine churns out a maximum of 250 Bhp and a peak torque of 340 Nm. The transmission details are not known.