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The engine is configured to use a CVT and has been optimised for maximum performance even under different event types. It produces a power to weight ratio of 425 BHP/tonne and will cover 75 meters in less than 4 seconds from a standing start due to the continually varying drive ratios. The current engine is a Yamaha Genesis 500cc inline twin cyclinder. The turbocharged engine will need to offer an increase in performance as well as be reliable, fuel efficient, cost effective and a worthwhile modification. The overall aim is to make the race car more competitive at the Formula Student Competitions. This is achieved by the powertrain team through researching and developing how the engine-CVT combination can be placed in the race car, regarding a low center of gravity, direction of rotation of components, and other important criteria.

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