Photograph courtesy Tiger Tech
School: Benton High School
Team: Tiger Tech
Car Name: Eco-Tiger (Battery Electric category)
What is special about your car? The chassis was built almost entirely from PVC, which was a first at this competition as far as we know. A BASIC Stamp 2 Microcontroller, with Hall Effect sensors on the spokes, and sonic sensors on the rear chassis were used to provide a driver display of time, speed, distance, and collision warning. The body panels are made from corrugated plastic sign board.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? We know that reduced energy consumption and the development of new energy sources are critical to our planet.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We were inspired by the importance of being part of the solution to the global energy challenge and by the challenge of competing against top high school and college teams from North and South America.
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