Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tata One cat

So You are a car fanatic, tata fan?
Well after the nano blast tata is to create another explosion the tata one cat
Yes, Tata Motors plans to launch the OneCat, a car running on compressed air by 2009.
You say oh its another impractical 60 mile/hr max speed costing 3.5 lakh+ concept, NO it isn't, so read on.

The car is expected to be a five-seater with a glass fiber body, which would weigh just 350 kg and cost just about Rs 2 lakh. The project is backed for an undisclosed sum by Tata, which says it may also use the technology for power generation.

A BBC report has pointed out that Tata's backing makes the idea much more marketable and that the Indian company will be putting finishing touches to the engine.

French engineer Negre is planning to sell the car in India by 2009, the report said. He hopes that the first buyers of the compressed air car will be people who care about the environment and would sell it for an economical price. Tata would be the only big firm Negre will license to sell the car and sales will be limited to India.

The car will be driven by compressed air stored in carbon-fiber tanks that can be filled in just three minutes. The tanks will be built into the chassis. The car can also be plugged into the mains for four hours and an on-board compressor will do the job.

For long journeys, the compressed air driving the pistons can be boosted by a fuel burner which heats the air so it expands and increases the pressure on the pistons. The burner will use all kinds of liquid fuel.

Mind you compressed air cars have very high accelerations in general and would really be suitable for stop and go traffic of indian cities. Further the car is virtually noise less and consumes absolutly no fuel while standing still

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