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    Indian student in Australia wins Young Designer award

    Chennai (PTI): An Indian youth, studying in Australia, has won the prestigious 'Wheels Australian Young Designer of the Year 2007' award, instituted by leading motor magazine 'Wheels,' for designing an eco-friendly and futuristic car of 2017.

    Twenty one-year-old Harsha Ravi, who is here on a holiday, told PTI that his 'Globetrotter' was selected out of 17 entries, in view of its "functionality, environmental sustainability, visual and emotional appeal and safety apsects."

    The challenge was to design within 2 months a three-seater urban vehicle, aimed at catering to the customers of the year 2017 and keeping in mind the depleting fuel reserve and the stress on environmental-friendly vehicles.

    The award would entitle him a fully paid three-month internship with General Motors North American Design Studio in Detroit next year. He would also be a part of an international team of students participating in an advanced design project for GM.

    Ravi who was born and brought up in Chennai before his family moved to Australia in 1977, said his futuristic car will be created from 88 per cent corn-based plastic, which reduces energy needed to manufacture panels by 30 per cent, and 12 per cent petroleum-based plastic.

    He had also conceived zinc air fuel cell, nano paper battery and airless tyres, besides designing nanopaints to absorb solar energy when the car is parked, to charge its batteries.

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