Photograph courtesy IUT GMP Valenciennes
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: IUT GMP Valenciennes (France)
Team: IUT GMP Valenciennes
Car Name: Autonomie 3D (Diesel Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our car is special because it has a Cx of 0.14 while having high rigidity and maximum of resistance with a minimum weight thanks to its framehull, upper hull and wheels made of carbon fiber. Its nosewheel is composed of carbon blade and insert in alumimium and fuze made of titanium. Its engine (single cylinder, 4-stroke diesel) is mounted like a Formula 1 that is to say a motor carrier and therefore integrated to the chassis, it has a direct injection it is coupled to a centrifugal clutch.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? For our team fuel efficiency is important because although our prototype is overweight caused by a diesel engine, our performance is respectable compared to the prototype gasoline engines, which are much smaller and lightweight. So it's a real challenge for us to be among the top 10 general ranking.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? What inspired us on the way to Eco-marathon is the challenge to increase the performance of the prototype from year to year and show our prototype may still be evolving.
But also to participate in ecological and technological events and communicate around this event to educate people to rethink our way of moving to save energy and pollute less.
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