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Students enter eco-car in European competition

PUBLISHED: 10:30 20 May 2015

Engineering students Sam Fletcher and Tyler Griffin with the eco-car which has been entered in a competition in Holland.

Engineering students Sam Fletcher and Tyler Griffin with the eco-car which has been entered in a competition in Holland.

Archant

Students from the College of West Anglia, which has a campus in King's Lynn, hope their car will be the most energy efficient in European competition.

The team of six are currently in Holland competing at the Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015 against teams from over 30 different countries.

Their challenge is to drive the vehicle which they designed and built themselves as far as possible on the equivalent of one litre of fuel.

It’s the second year the team have competed in the competition, and they also collaborated with engineering students from France and Germany in the project.

As part of the college’s European exchange programme, each school built a different component of the car and used 3D printing to develop solid models of the vehicles.

The competition in Rotterdam celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and has grown to over 3,000 annual participants.

Engineering tutor Chris Rabicano: said: “This year’s entry is something special, not only because of the 30 years anniversary for Shell, but because we have all worked extremely hard to redesign and rebuild the original tri-country project car.

“We believe the new design can compete with the best engineers and engineering teaching establishments in Europe and beyond.”

The team’s entry was also sponsored by local firms Fenland Extinguishers and A10 Motors.

- Is your school involved in an innovative project? Email louise.hepburn@archant.co.uk

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