Photograph courtesy ISAC Team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: INSA de Strasbourg (France)
Team: ISAC (INSA Strasbourg Automobile Concept)
Car Name: IOTA (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our prototype is powered by a single cylinder and 4-stroke 37cm3 with dual overhead cam head, dual ignition and electronically controlled injection. This engine is one of the proudest achievements of our team. Indeed, it has been conceived, designed and machined exclusively by the members. Different student led projects help us improving the reliability of each part year after year. Concerning the electronics, the LCD screen located on the steering bar makes the link between the driver and the different parts of the prototype, so he is able to manage his race by accessing all the information he needs. The software, also developed by the members, allows us to communicate in real time with the driver.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Nowadays, we really need people to be aware of the future energy problem. Beyond the competition, Shell Eco-marathon is an innovative project that integrates the values associated with sustainable development, protection of the environment, energy management and recognition of the individual and cultural diversity. They are shared by the ISAC members and are in the heart of today's energy dilemmas. Shell Eco-marathon is also a good way to turn the theoretical knowledge learned at school into an exciting project.
Who or what inspired you on the way to the Eco-marathon? Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that brings together around 200 teams and 3,000 students from across Europe to battle for ultra energy efﬁciency on the road. This competition is well known around the world, and represents essential values we are attached to. Itʼs a great occasion to meet people who have the same passion as us and share knowledge. Even though it is a competition against other teams, there is still a very pleasant spirit in the paddocks.
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