Sphuran Industries Private Limited
How many times has your team participated in the event?
This is the first time we are participating in the event.
What is the design philosophy behind your solar car?
Organically designed, inspired by nature. Our car is a holistic amalgamation of functional design cues taken from the wild - from hydrodynamic features on whales to compositional dynamics of birds. The car is designed around the driver, built from the ground up for the purposes it is meant to serve.
What is unique about your solar car?
The environmental cost of manufacturing a solar EV is higher than that of a regular car, while the source of grid top-ups in most countries are still from fossil-fuel power plants. Our car aims to be as green as possible, with material choices and fabrication practices aimed to make manufacturing it close to carbon-neutral, while keeping the net cost of the car to less than INR Ten Lakh (AUD 21,000).
Several innovations help in boosting efficiency, bringing accessibility to this much-needed niche. We want our car to prove, beyond a doubt, that frugality, practicality and environmental consciousness can go hand-in-hand.
Why does your team value participating in the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge?
The BWSC is a wonderful opportunity to test technology in the midst of like-minded enthusiasts. The sheer learning opportunity and exposure to various schools of thought is something we are excited for. We see great value in driving alongside teams, new and experienced, in an event with the length of the BWSC.
What is the one thing your team is looking forward to when you visit Australia?
The after-party. Driving through over 3000 km of Australian roads on a car that is one with nature is an enticing experience. But it still comes a close second to the experience of bonding with teams from all over the world after the event, comparing thoughts and ideas.