Skill-Lync, an engineering ed-tech start-up, has announced that a team of 10 students and technical engineers have built a full-scale in-house SUV prototype called -Lyncer S1. The SUV will be available for an on-road test drive at one of the Skill-Lync offices in the next 6 months to allow visitors to gain first-hand experience of driving a vehicle designed by the students and for the students.
In line with the company’s vision of providing deep expertise to its students, the initiative is helping the students working on the project with practical aspects of automotive engineering. The project is led by Subramanian Janakiraman Hariharan, an automotive industry expert based in Sweden who is part of the Scania group. Subramanian has had a long-standing association with Skill-Lync and was instrumental in developing one of the first courses by the company.
The students at Skill-Lync finished the designing phase of the SUV in 12 months and along with domain experts are now engaging with multiple suppliers and manufacturers to roll out the finished product. With multiple such initiatives, Skill-Lync has pioneered the practice of combining its coursework with practical, hands-on learning experiences and as a result, has transformed the learning experiences for its students.
The design of the SUV is compatible with both the internal combustion engine and electric powertrain. The vehicle is proposed to have a top speed of 100 km/h, engine specification of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder inline engine, and power of 134 BHP @6000RPM with a torque of 163 N-m@4500 RPM. While the initial phase has incorporated the basic features such as ABS, EBD, seat belts etc, more students at Skill-Lync will continue building SUV prototypes that will integrate technologies such as ADAS (Advanced drives Assistance system), Electrification (battery management system, Motor controller), Hybrid vehicle tech and so on.
Surya Narayanan Paneer Selvam, Co-founder of Skill-Lync, said, “At Skill-Lync, we’re leading the charge in disrupting engineering education across sectors, including the automotive industry. I am immensely proud of our students who have had the opportunity to work with 1500 components and on 100 sub-assemblies to design a full-scale SUV. It is through such achievements that we can validate hands-on learning experiences for our students that impart creative, design-oriented, and high-level skills. We will continue to strive toward transforming learning experiences for our students and enable them to make meaningful contributions with industry-ready skill sets”
Sarangarajan V Iyengar, Co-founder of Skill-Lync, said, “Our automotive programs combined with the first-hand experience of working towards building a physical SUV of their own, not only help the students challenge the traditional learning norms but also understand the real joy of engineering and building things. Learning-based outcomes are key in addressing some of the legacy challenges that continue to exist not only in automotive engineering but across different sectors. That is the transformation that we at Skill-Lync continue to work towards.”
Hariharan who is the Supplier Quality Manager at Scania Group and the leader for this project said. “Our intention has always been to give the best practical knowledge and to make the students understand the fine engineering details behind every radius and fillet. Such vehicle development projects will enable students to deep dive into each domain and gain practical exposure on simulations and design, different production processes and materials.”