Hungarian Student Teams to Compete in Energy Efficiency Marathon in London
Fanni Kaszás 2018.05.23.
Four Hungarian student groups are taking part in the Shell Eco-Marathon Europe 2018 race, a contest aiming to set up a new record in energy efficiency at the Make the Future Live festival, held between July 5 and 8 in London.
The contest, which was first held in 1985, is a unique competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. With three annual events in Asia, the Americas and Europe, student teams take to the track to see who goes furthest on the least amount of fuel.
In one and a half months, the Eco-Marathon is returning to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, where 175 teams from 24 European countries will compete to cover the greatest distance with the least amount of fuel possible. According to the festival’s website, last year’s winner made it 2,503.9 kilometers on just one liter of fuel.
As usual, one of the Hungarian teams will be SZEnergy Team, from Széchenyi István Universtiy, (located in the western city of Győr) a group which develops environmentally sound and energy-saving vehicles. Last year, one of their vehicles, dubbed “SZelectricity,” proved to be the most efficient electric Urban-concept car and finished 4th at the Eco-marathon. The car can cover 195 km using only 1 kWh power, which currently costs only 45 HUF (0.14 EUR).
The SZEnergy Team in last year’s Eco-marathon. (photo: szenergy.hu)
Teams in this year’s contest are using various types of vehicles, as well as different and innovative approaches, to improve the efficiency of their machines; these range from engineering steering mechanisms to be more energy-saving to developing new chassis and drive-train technologies. Last year, the Eco-Marathon attracted more than 25,000 spectators and a total of 3000 students from 200 teams.