Photograph courtesy UBC Supermileage Team
School: University of British Columbia
Team: UBC Supermileage
Car Name: Odysseus (Gasoline Urban Concept category)
What is special about your car? The Odysseus uses ultra-lightweight materials in its construction, including carbon fiber and aluminum honeycomb such as is used on airplanes. The body shape was developed through extensive wind tunnel testing verified through computer simulations.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? The world is running on a quickly depleting source of energy. Until better, sustainable energy sources can be developed on a large scale, it is imperative we maximize our ability to use existing fuel sources to their full potential.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The immense community support and willingness to get involved. We doubled our team size at the beginning of the year with young engineers wanting to make a difference. At an educational learning event we held later in the year, we had over 1,000 members of the community sign their support in order to send us to competition this year. The amazing community support gives us motivation to continually improve.
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