Saint Thomas Academy's Project 14 ran in Shell's Eco-marathon Americas 2013

Photograph courtesy Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team

School: Saint Thomas Academy

Team: Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team

Car Name: Project 14 (Electric Mobility Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? The strengths of our urban concept vehicle include a one-piece, carbon fiber seat that doubles as the frame of our car. This lightweight frame/seat will fit into the carbon fiber body to form a rigid safety space designed to protect the driver in the event of a collision. The vehicle has four-wheel independent suspension for both driver comfort and efficiency.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Building a car that satisfies all of the event requirements, is aesthetically pleasing, and is energy efficient is a tough task! We tried to design aerodynamic principles such as the Kamm Tail, unique parallelogram suspension for a smooth drive and lightweight, and low friction bearings for reduced rolling resistance into our urban concept vehicle. Thinking "efficiency" every step of the way has changed the way we view our world.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The previous winners of Shell Eco-marathon have set the bar very high! Our small engineering club looked forward (and had!) to a great learning experience.

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