Politecnico di Torino XAM car Eco-marathon

Photograph courtesy Team H2politO—Molecules going hybrid

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School:  Politecnico di Torino (Italy)

Team: H2politO — Molecules going hybrid

Car Name: XAM (Ethanol Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? The name XAM, eXtreme Automotive Mobility, efficiently describes our vehicle because his features are a mix between those optimal for the participation in Shell Eco-marathon and those required for a typical car for urban scene. XAM was born from an important integration work between all engineering fields: aerodynamic and style (very aggressive shape, skydome, CX = 0,3, two seats, dashboard), mechanic (4 double wishbone optimized suspensions, aluminum chassis, natural fiber body, aluminum alloy rims) and powertrain (48V supercap, electronic fuel injection, parallel Hybrid). We took care not only to reduce consumption but also to use recyclable material.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Since the internal combustion engines will remain a central element of the future vehicles' powertrain, it is important to improve their efficiency and to reduce their pollutant emissions. XAM is not only a low consumption vehicle, it's also the unique hybrid bio-ethanol vehicle at SEM! Why hybrid? Because we want to use in a very efficiency way the peculiarity of internal combustion engine and the electric motor. Moreover, the energy demand for the transportation sector seems to increase in coming years and for this reason the research about biofuels is becoming a key point in the environmental sustainability challenge.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? We are a team of dreamers and we want to change future starting from this little contribution, thanks to our fresh enthusiasm, hard work and team spirit. By participating in Shell Eco-marathon, we are able to actively contribute to sustainable development process. We are seduced by the values belonging to SEM, a truly unique competition able to foster research, innovation and excellence in the field of energy efficiency and diversity. Since then, the Team and its prototype—IDRA—have become testimonials and pioneers of those values in our local community.

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