Photograph courtesy Smart Power team
Shell Eco-marathon Europe People's Choice Contest
School: Silesian University of Technology (Poland)
Team: Smart Power
Car Name: MuSHELLka (Battery Electric Prototype category)
What is special about your car? The most special thing about our vehicle is its body — monocoque construction — and its aerodynamic features. Thanks to Institute of Aviation in Warsaw, we were able to verify MuSHELLka's aerodynamic features using a wind tunnel and choose the best (aerodynamically) solution for each assembly. Additionally we have well developed safety systems and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? First of all, we are aware of ecological issues connected with motorization. Most of us live in cities, so the problem of pollution and noise is very close to us. If we ignore it right now, there won't be much we can do to fix it in the future. Secondly, all of us are still students, most still without steady income — less energy means lower expenses. Thirdly, we believe that this is one of the most important directions of motorization development and we want to be a part of these changes.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? On the way to Eco-marathon we were inspired mainly by the idea behind this competition. A group of students finding out about Shell Eco-marathon came up with a thought, 'Wow. That is one great idea.' And that's how it's started. We wanted to try ourselves out and see what difference in industry we can make.
Part of our group have been already involved with a similar, but not as challenging as this one, project. The rest are just some crazy students, who love what they do and don't spare passion and work to achieve their dreams.
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