JAKARTA, NNC - Universitas Budi Luhur has collaborated with Institut Teknologi Sepuluh November (ITS) to create an electric car that will be used in the 2019 Dakar rally.
Besides aiming to follow the annual competition, this cooperation is also academic in terms of creating patents and intellectual property of Indonesia in order to advance applied knowledge and sciences.
The electric car from this collaboration is named BLITS, which stands for Budi Luhur and ITS. "This is the first electric car from Indonesia that will improve the competitiveness of the nation in international competition," said Professor Didik Sulistyanto, Rector of Universitas Budi Luhur in a press statement received by NNC on Monday (12/25/2017).
According to him, this car is the first of Indonesia and will improve the nation's competitiveness in international competition. The manufacturing of the electric car has been processed since four months ago. The cost of making this car is less than IDR1 billion, and sourced from Universitas Budi Luhur and ITS.
This car uses rear-wheel drive with electric-powered engine that is able to generate power of 100hp at 6000rpm. As a storage of electrical energy, BLITS uses a battery capacity of 95kWh that can travel a distance of 250 kilometers with an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour.
The realization of this cooperation is expected to raise the spirit of the entire academic community of Universitas Budi Luhur and the Indonesian nation. “This is also proof that we are able to create reliable electric cars to be included in the Dakar Rally, " Didik said.
The electric car will be driven by Kasih Hanggoro, who has competed in the Dakar Rally in 2010 and 2011. Hanggoro, also called Aang, is also chairman of the board of Budi Luhur Cakti Foundation.
According to Aang, the electric car cooperation project is expected to be a forum for transfer of knowledge for Universitas Budi Luhur and ITS. The Dakar Rally is an annual racing held since 1979 by Amaury Sport Organization and is open to both amateur and professional riders.
Until now there are only three Indonesian representatives who have participated in the Dakar Rally. In 1990 Tinton Soeprapto participated in the Dakar Rally with Mitsubishi Pajero. The next two years in a row, Tinton participated in the rally again, driving McRae Rage Buggy (2010) and Mitsubishi Montero (2011).