Deakin’s or­ange ap­peal

Stu­dents have cre­ated a Model T vi­sion, writes NEIL McDON­ALD

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Carsguide -

IT MAY only be a con­cept but this burn­tor­ange three-wheeler helped put stu­dents at Deakin Uni­ver­sity on the world stage. The stu­dents shared the re­wards in a global con­test to de­sign the next-gen­er­a­tion 2015 Model T Ford.

The Deakin stu­dents’ car, named T2, for T-Squared, was part of Ford’s 100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions to com­mem­o­rate the orig­i­nal Model T. Teams at Aachen Uni­ver­sity in Ger­many and Mel­bourne’s Deakin earned their schools $30,000 in schol­ar­ship funds with their de­signs.

Deakin was one of only six uni­ver­si­ties to be in­vited to take part . The uni­ver­sity’s project leader, Dr Bernard Rolfe, says: ‘‘We’ve been in­volved with Ford Aus­tralia for the past 10 years so when the op­por­tu­nity came to de­sign the car we jumped at it.

‘‘The stu­dents have done a great job.’’

The 21st cen­tury con­cept had to share the orig­i­nal Model T’s at­tributes of sim­plic­ity but it also had to be light­weight, prac­ti­cal, com­pelling and cheap.

Rolfe says all th­ese re­quire­ments were met. The T2 was de­signed to be sim­ple to build and light, yet durable.

The three-wheeler runs on com­pressed air and will turn 360 de­grees on it­self, mak­ing in­ner-city park­ing easy. It uses high-strength light­weight steel for safety and the con­ven­tion-

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