Photograph courtesy ISAT Eco Marathon
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: ISAT (France)
Team: ISAT Eco Marathon
Car Name: Mona (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? What is special about our car is that the bodywork shape was designed by students from the project during their work placement at an aerodynamic company, and then tested in a wind tunnel. Depending on the conditions and the results of the study from each competitor, and the car characteristics, the ideal shape may be a lot different from one team to another for an equivalent aerodynamic performance. That's why none of the other cars competing in the Shell Eco-marathon competition has the same shape. Moreover the bodywork was made of carbon fiber to make it lighter.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? For our team fuel efficiency is important because of the actual energy crisis. As we all know the fuel price will continue increasing in the coming years and because of the global warming we also will have to reduce our carbon footprint and so our fuel consumption. Because today there is no viable alternative to the fuel powered cars, we have to make them more efficient waiting for the electric vehicles to be usable on a day to day basis and affordable for most of the people.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Our main inspiration on the way to Eco-marathon was the very permissive regulation which allows us to try out almost everything we can think about and experience one of the closest things to an engineering work. The possibility to search for new solutions without being limited by the regulation really was a big motivation. Another main motivation was also to compete in an international event such as Shell Eco-marathon, and reach our goal which was to improve our previous record. That research for improving the car year by year really was one of our main inspirations.
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