University of Applied Sciences Offenburg Schluckspecht car Eco-marathon

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School: University of Applied Sciences Offenburg (Germany)

Team: Schluckspecht

Car Name: Schluckspecht 4 (Diesel Urban Concept category)

What is special about your car? The Schluckspecht 4 is equipped with a one-cylinder diesel engine with electronical injection. This diesel engine drives directly, about a centrifugal clutch, the left rear wheel. The benefit of this construction is the omission of a gear box, differential gear box and the driving shafts. Due to changes on the diesel engine it is possible to run the engine on lower revolutions then original.

Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? The Team Schluckspecht is intrested in developing and construction of low energy cars, because the oil resources will be depleted sometime. Also the oil prices will increase in the coming years. It is important to reduce the air pollution and the impact to the environment by depleting "new" oil resources. Therefore it is important to think about new technologies and power trains to drive the cars in the future with a reasonable range to a reasonable price at reasonable environmental impact.

Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Since 1998 the Schluckspecht Team has participated at Shell Eco-marathon. The inspiration was to build low-energy cars for the future and the possibility to compete with other teams for the best car in case of energy efficiency. Another inspiration is to think about new ways to drive a car and the realization of these thoughts in such a project.

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