Photograph courtesy UCAM Racing Team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Catholic University of Murcia (Spain)
Team: UCAM Racing Team
Car Name: Sun Rider (Battery Electric Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our prototype is the result of a knowledge transfer experience between our university and a traditional apprenticeship center. As communication engineers, our knowledge in mechanics is reduced. We thought that we could share our electronics and informatics expertise with other students that control mechanics and aerodynamics aspects. It has been quite successful and at the same time a strong bridge has been drawn between university and vocational education.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? As we live in a very sunny region, trying to develop a fuel which best fits our weather conditions has a great repercussion for nearby companies as well as for students and citizens. For that reason, we decided to develop a solar car, taking advantage of the amount of solar radiation to maximize the production, and thereby get the most out of it as possible.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Both UCAM and the local government encouraged us to start developing efficient prototypes with the objective of participating in Shell Eco-marathon, giving us a small grant. Green UCAM (UCAM en Verde) is a project framework where apart from the Eco Racing Team, there's a Ecological Cinema Contest, an Energy Efficience Demonstrator, Tree growing and many other eco awareness actions.
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