IES Jandula car Lince 2.1 Eco-marathon

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School: IES Jandula (Spain)

Team: IES Jandula Team

Car Name: LINCE 2.1 (Gasoline Prototype category)

What is special about your car? We are the only European team whose participants are Bachillerato students. We are the only Andalusian team. It is a modest team with no specialized workshop in our school, where technical subjects specifically related to cars aren't taught. We've been competing uninterruptedly for four years, always beating our own record (95, 144, 166 and 313.8 kilometers with a liter of petrol). Our car has a transparent plastic bodywork which gives it a different aspect from the rest. Although our car is very simple, it is also reliable. In addition, our car has been 90-percent manufactured by the students.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? First of all, because it is a technological challenge and secondly, we think we should be aware of fuel efficiency from an early age. Our main goal is to make our school students learn from theory to practice by working on some aspects which benefit our planet and can help us live in a cleaner world.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The film Race the Sun (1996) inspired me. It is a film starring Halle Berry. It is about a teacher who encourages her "difficult" students to work on the building of a solar-powered vehicle. With it, they can compete in the World Solar Challenge, which is celebrated in Australia every year and where the vehicle must run a 5.000 kilometer distance. When I saw this movie, I thought, why could not I do a project like this? And it was then that I met the Shell Eco-marathon competition, and it all began.

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