Alumex PLC, Sri Lanka’s most trusted aluminium brand and subsidiary of the Hayleys Group, has partnered with the Mechanical Engineering Department of the University of Moratuwa, to champion Sri Lanka’s inaugural formula electric car as the material sponsor at the “EXMO 2023” exhibition which is the University’s flagship engineering exhibition.
Alumex provided vital support to Team Falcon Racing, the masterminds behind this achievement. This endeavour is closely aligned with the company’s commitment to Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) principles, demonstrating its dedication to upholding stringent sustainability and ethical benchmarks.
The project, known as the DI-MORA P2, has employed cutting-edge techniques and drawn upon aviation-grade materials, to reduce the car’s weight from 300kg to an impressive 195kg. At the heart of DI-MORA P2 is a 3-cylinder 650cc Yamaha engine, harnessing 68 brake horsepower (bhp) at 7200 revolutions per minute (rpm). The custom-crafted paddle-shift transmission seamlessly translates this power, propelling the car from 0 to 100mph in under 3.5 seconds.
The DI-MORA P2 is set to compete in the prestigious ‘Modena Racing 2x Formula Student UK,’ an inter-university competition scheduled to unfold in the UK later this year. Supported by influential industry figures and revered engineers, this initiative underscores the remarkable synergy between emerging mechanical talents from the University of Moratuwa.
Formula Student has nurtured over 40,000 budding engineers, propelling them into impactful roles within industries like automotive, motorsport, and manufacturing. Backed by luminaries such as Patron Ross Brawn OBE, and with participation from over 100 university teams annually, Formula Student has evolved into a crucible of excellence and innovation.
Mr. Pramuk Dediwela, Managing Director of Alumex PLC, commented, “For Alumex PLC, this journey represents more than just a mere sponsorship, it is a testament to the company’s innovation, and pioneering vision. We are proud to be able to support the inspirational efforts of the students of Moratuwa University and wish them well on their journey ahead.”
Alumex PLC and the Team Falcon Racing have co-authored a chapter of inspiration, a testament to what can be achieved when exceptional engineering acumen meets unwavering support. With the DI-MORA P2 primed to take on the world, the world watches with bated breath as Sri Lanka’s first formula electric car electrifies the global stage.