Dudley High School's Panther Paw2 vehicle, which was entered in Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013

Photograph courtesy Let's Do It Again team

School: James B. Dudley High School

Team: Let's Do It Again

Car Name: Panther 1 (Battery Electric Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? Our car is special because we constructed it for very little money using recycled materials. Our team made the car during an after school program, so our time was always limited. We didn't have any advanced technology to create the body of the car, nor did we have enough money to buy any expensive materials, tools or parts for the car. Our car is made out of junk that we found around the shop or around a street corner just lying on the ground. This was a difficult task, but we are proud of the effort and hard work we put in to get to the Shell Eco-marathon. We plan on continuing and improving for next year's event.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency is important to our team because as young adults, we are becoming aware of the energy issues we face in the future. From global warming, to driving our cars, to the energy we use in our homes, energy efficiency is key to assuring energy supplies for everyone. Instead of complaining, we decided to go the extra mile and do something about it. Using ingenuity, imagination and knowledge; we came to the Shell Eco-marathon to test our ideas for vehicle energy efficiency. If we are able to increase the fuel efficiency of vehicles, we will be able to decrease a good percentage of the pollution in this world. Research shows that moving vehicles have the highest impact on greenhouse emissions. As a team, we want to insure clean air and ample energy supply for at least seven generations to come.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We were inspired by our instructor, Mr. Lewis. He motivated us by pushing us to the edge of our endurance and imaginations. He helped us see the potential in ourselves and when we came together as a team. There were three other volunteers who inspired us along the way. Mr. Jim, whose background in racing, mentoring, and life experiences taught us not only how to handle the cars, but how to be a part of a team. Mr. Keith patiently and with high spirits kept us motivated and encouraged. Finally, Ms. Vincent helped us to believe in ourselves and take us to the next level. Additionally, the support of people in our community and sponsors helped us financially and motivated us to accomplish more than we thought we could.

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