Photograph by Jerome Cambier/Proto INSA Club
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: INSA de Lyon (France)
Team: Proto INSA Club
Car Name: EPIC (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? This year, we managed to break our personal record with one liter of gasoline: EPIC reached 1465 kilometers with a liter for the first time on the Ahoy track. In this way, our car ranked among the five most fuelefficient prototypes of Europe, and the forth in the gasoline category. EPIC has been running on the Shell Eco-marathon tracks since 2005, and almost everything has been improved inside since then, from the engine to the wheels we built ourselves. We are very proud to reach such a ranking with EPIC, considering that there are only students in our team.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? We decided to run in the prototype category because it allows us to get further into innovation and optimization of every source of energy loss and friction. Even though EPIC is far from being suitable for urban driving, its design highlights the importance of aerodynamics, materials and weight in the fuel consumption. We believe that nowadays cars need to be increasingly fuel efficient, because oil resources are dwindling, and gasoline remains the most used fuel for cars. More than a billion cars are running on Earth, which is why thinking about fuel saving in a car is essential.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We were looking forward to running in Rotterdam and taking a look at the other contestants’ car. It was the first Shell Eco-marathon for many of our team members. We went by car from Lyon to Rotterdam, therefore we had time to share experience about the past competitions, with the oldest members and three former members who joined us for a few days. We were all amazed by the size of the many wind turbines on the road. We also played our special “great events” playlist all day long to get motivated and relieve stress before the race.
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