Students from the College of West Anglia are entering this year’s Shell Eco-marathon, which is coming to London for the first time in the competition’s 30-year history.
Team Pinto from the college are one of 230 European teams entered to take part – competition this year is expected to be fierce.
Shell Eco-marathon Europe will be showcased at Make the Future London – a festival of ideas and innovation taking place a Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 30 to July 3.
Students have stepped up to the plate with an electric prototype vehicle featuring a brand new cigar shaped design and built by a completely new team.
Chris Rabicano, engineering lecturer at the college, said, “Shell Eco-marathon is an exciting opportunity for five of our engineering students to apply their engineering skills to different aspects of the car design.
“This includes tuning the fuel injection system, modifying the bodywork and reducing the weight.
“Our philosophy is to try different ideas, see what works in a mock up then finalise the design changes.
“It’s amazing how much of the theory taught in lessons has been applied to this project, even the teaching staff are learning new skills!
“Last year the vehicle designed by the team achieved a fuel consumption of 250mpg. The target for this year is 1000mpg.”
Jake Bennett, student team manager, added: “We are very much looking forward to travelling to London, meeting the other teams, and testing our vehicle as part of the competition.”