Photograph courtesy Alérion Supermileage
School: Université Laval
Team: Alérion Supermileage
Car Name: Alérion Supermileage (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? The Alérion Supermileage car is special because it is the number one car in term of fuel consumption in all Americas with an impressive score of 1525 km/L (3586 mpg). The new record was made at Shell Eco-marathon 2013 in Texas by the 2012-2013 team and the invaluable help of the past members. The car weighs only 96 pounds and has a drag coefficient of 0.072. Every part is optimized in terms of performance but also in terms of weight. Almost everything is customized, designed and made by the members of the team. Considerable modifications are made on the engine to make it the more efficient possible. But the greatest force of our car is definitely the aerodynamics of the shell; more than 3 years of hard work were needed to create it.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency is very important for the team because fuel mean non-renewable energy and we know that if we don't change our habits of consumption we will deplete our resources very quickly. In addition, as future engineers, it is our duty to create the most efficient technologies: technologies that will produce more with less energy. This is exactly what we are trying to do with our car. By working with this in mind, not only will we conserve our resources longer but we will pollute less and this is a good thing for the earth, the environment and the future generations. We are aware that we will not change the world with our car but if we can show to the rest of the world that it is possible to make a difference maybe they will try to make a difference by themselves and this is how we will be able to change something.
Who or what inspired you on the way to the Eco-marathon? The Eco-marathon was first a challenge that the team wanted to try. They soon realized that this challenge was not an easy task but that it was worth it. Since the first year of Shell Eco-marathon Americas, Laval University participated and tried its best to have the most efficient car possible. Every year, new members join the team and some veterans leave. But each member leaves with considerable knowledge, a strong will and an incredible passion. It is that will and this passion that inspired every member of the team to create the most efficient car possible every year, no matter the amount of time of work, the success or the difficulties we had.
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