Photograph courtesy Team Baldos
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Lulea University of Technology (Sweden)
Car Name: Baldos (Ethanol Urban Concept category)
What is special about your car? Looking past the car's stunning aesthetics with its eco-inspired green look and sports car design, at its core Baldos lll is pure engineering. This year we have started fresh with a completely new monocoque. By redesigning all components of the vehicle, selecting the right bearings and finding the optimal lubrication for the engine and gearbox we managed to make the car more than 25 percent more fuel efficient than the previous Baldos. At the same time Baldos lll is even safer and more robust than Baldos ll and we are actually planning to make it road legal.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency is the future. Both because of economic and environmental aspects the cars of the future need to use fuel more efficiently than they do today. We live in the northern part of Sweden where much of the land around us is still clean and in the same state as it was many thousands of years ago. To be able to enjoy the beauty of nature and still have the luxuries of modern society at home is something that we can take for granted. But to allow the coming generations the same luxury something has to change.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? This project has kept us up late nights and forced us to wake up early every morning. In part because we had to make it in time, but mostly because we all loved the process of building this vehicle. To design a component and watch it develop from a drawing on a piece of paper to a real three dimensional object that you can implement in the car. And then to actually see the results of your effort in the form of fuel efficiency and success in the competition. That is what inspired us.
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