Photograph courtesy EcoMagnesia
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Celal Bayar University (Turkey)
Car Name: Tarzan II (Battery Electric Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our car name is TARZAN II. The original name of TARZAN is Ahmet BEDEVİ. He wore just shorts all the time. After the Hollywood Tarzan movie, he was named TARZAN. Tarzan is known as the protector of nature. TARZAN II has a carbon fiber body and when we had technical inspection our car weighed 35 kilos. We created a new firmware called TRW (Turn Rollover Warning). This system can calculate our car's rollover speed at the bend point, specified on the racing track GPS location. If the driver is near rollover speed, the system warns the pilot.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Nowadays, the world has a big threat, which is global warming. Using solar panels doesn't generate any pollution for the environment. We have produced five solar vehicles since 2007. We see the developments at these races. These developments about vehicles, solar panels, electric electronic systems... And we apply our engineering knowledge at the races. It was the very good opportunity for us. Fuel efficiency is a good topic for working on future. Shell Eco-marathon has chosen a logical way to learn which is the most efficient source for this future.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We participate in a race every year organized in our country named Tubitak. But we've noticed this race will not come to us enough. Because we always knew that we have a lot things to do for alternative and green energy. EcoMagnesia sees this contest as a stepping stone, a chance to show what we are able to do. Real inspiration was all about us.
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