Photograph courtesy ENSTA Team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: ENSTA Bretagne (France)
Team: ENSTA Team
Car Name: Yéticar (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our car has been thought and designed only by students. We gathered the savoir faire from both 'usual' students and students who work in a company and study at the same time. Our vehicle is therefore the result of two ways of studying and loving technical science and especially car engineering. Another interesting point is that our car has been built by both students who do not study vehicle engineering and students who take other courses.
This diversity can be seen through a lot of details in the design, equipment and technical points in the car.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency was important for us because of our mutual interest in reducing our oil consumption. We all know that energy is the great challenge of tomorrow and that it is almost mandatory for us to be able to deal with the energy efficiency. Moreover, the idea of showing that engineering does not always mean polluting was also a challenge for us in order to improve people point of view on our future job.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Having a chance to show to a whole range of European universities that we were able to build a car, to drive it safely and to run a huge number of kilometers with only a liter of gasoline was something very motivating. Another factor was just the idea of showing that our generation is aware of the energy challenge and that we are ready to face it. Our passion for car engineering was obviously another motivating point for us.
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