For the 22nd consecutive year, a student team from ECAM Lyon will participate in the European challenge Eco Marathon organised by Shell in London from the 5th to the 8th of July 2018.
The goal of the race is to develop automotive prototypes that are able to travel the most kilometres possible with the equivalent of a litre of fuel.
A major competition for the ECAM Lyon engineering students
The “Club Eco Marathon” is one of the historic student association of ECAM Lyon. It has participated for over 20 years in the global challenge of the same name in which worldwide students are in competition. This year, the team is composed of 24 engineering students from different ECAM programmes, they will try to break the school record: 1280 km/litre of fuel. To do so, they are fully using their creativity and technical skills learned during their studies.
Innovative solutions to be successful on the circuit.
The club’s extensive experience in the competition has allowed them to build a strong and reliable prototype vehicle. For almost 3 years, the Club has been working especially on an R&D project with the SymbioFcell company. Thanks to these developments, it will compete this year with a hydrogen fuel cell. A first in the competition’s history!
Aerodynamic is also key to improve the performance of the prototype! Thus, the ECAM Lyon Club Eco Marathon has been developing, since September, a new shell for its prototype. Thanks to a structure entirely made of carbon fibre, the team hopes that it will reduce the weight of the shell and its vehicle by half.
The team is currently facing a cost problem: the shell manufacturing is expensive. Thus, the students launched a crowdfunding campaign to collect the funds needed to make their project come true. Other than the competition, the team wants to show that hydrogen is a reliable solution for the future of the automotive industry.