A group of young and talented apprentices at the Volkswagen Academy India have built a unique firefighting car as part of their final year project. The working prototype was created using parts and components from a Volkswagen Vento and the Cross Polo, which were subjected to a number of modifications to get the desired results for the design of the car. The Pilot Hall team at the Volkswagen Pune Plant, which is responsible for experimental projects mentored the young apprentices throughout the process of building the firefighting car.
While, the overall look of the finished project is that of the Vento sedan, several fabrications were made by the students from the the B-pillar up to the tailgates to create the ‘pick-up’ design. The tailgate was further fabricated with its hinges at the bottom to facilitate easy loading and unloading of luggage and items from the boot. In all, approximately 160 parts of the car were specially designed for this project. To keep the costs low, scrapped parts and components from the various production departments of the Pune Plant were utilised in the project.
Powering the firefighting car, is the same 1.6-litre TDI engine that currently serves the Vento diesel sedan and is able to produce 105PS of max power and 250Nm of peak torque. The firefighting car will be used for daily inspection around the plant as well as for the movement of material by the Fire and Safety Department.
The group of 14 students including 4 girls, are undergoing a three year Dual Apprenticeship course at the Volkswagen Academy in Pune and were required to create a working model of a firefighting car as part of their syllabus. The Volkswagen Academy India was inducted in the year 2011 and offers a three year course in Mechatronics. The pilot batch of the Academy will officially pass out later this year.