eco-m5 car from Eco-marathon

Photograph courtesy Ecologico-Marxadella

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School: I.E.S. La Marxadella (Spain)

Team: Ecologico-Marxadella

Car Name: eco-m5 (Ethanol Prototype category)

What is special about your car? Our car has an aerodynamic shape with a very low resistance to movement. Fully fairing and large windows give it a functional form for the management of the driver. The engine is fully modified by our team and gets a high power with a very low consumption. The body is made of carbon fiber, making it very lightweight and strong. The wheels are of low friction, which also helps to reduce consumption.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Researching vehicles that consume as little as possible is very important to us. We care for the environment and a good way to do that is by making vehicles that consume little. We also want to educate our students and the world in general about fuel economy and the use of clean and renewable energy. We want take care of our planet with the help of all.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? The Team UPV from Valencia (Spain) and especially its director, D. Francisco Garcia Pajuelo, introduced us to Shell Eco-marathon and to the manufacture of fuel-efficient vehicles. Also the help of our friends from team Eco-Dimoni made our beginnings easier as they guided us on how we should start working. After this, the work of our team has done the rest, six years preparing cars to compete in the toughest low-power test worldwide.

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