Photograph by Michiel Wassenaar, Eco-Runner Team Delft
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
Team: Eco-Runner Team Delft
Car Name: Ecorunner 3 (Hydrogen Prototype category)
What is special about your car? The body of the Ecorunner 3 is, aerodynamically speaking, at the top of the Shell Eco-Marathon competition. Its shape has been tested thoroughly in the wind tunnel and is optimized for low resistance. We are currently the only team using a pulsed hydrogen supply to our fuel cell, increasing its efficiency significantly. The Ecorunner 3 is designed to be at the very edge of what is possible and what is allowed within the rules of the competition, making its potential extremely high.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency is key in finding a solution to the energy problem that is rising globally. The current generation of students is the generation that has the most incentive to start working on a sustainable solution for the future. Young engineers have an obligation to the future generations to start working on a more sustainable form of private and public transport right now. The technology is already available, we just have to give it a boost to make it available to everyone.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The inspiration for our team comes from a shared feeling that we, as young engineers, should be working on sustainable solutions for the future generations. Together we had one goal throughout the year: performing at Shell Eco-marathon.
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