The electricity driven automobile constructed at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Debrecen will also enter the international contest Shell Eco-marathon this year.
The members of an automobile-constructing team, made up of students and instructors of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Debrecen, have been preparing since last September to “toe the line” with an electric vehicle of their own design at the four-day international competition to be launched in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on June 30, as one of more than 200 entrants.
, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Debrecen, recalled at the inauguration of the new automobile that electric vehicles had been constructed at her faculty for almost ten years with the help of the instructors. Their teams have participated in domestic competitions successfully but this is going to be the first time for them to take part in an international event across the border.
Shell Eco-marathon is a wonderful opportunity for the future generation of technical designers and experts of energetics to test innovative and yet unpatented solutions. This year, there are going to be six Hungarian teams entering the competition, and the vehicle of the team of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Debrecen will run in the category of prototypes.
“The winners of the competition will be those whose vehicle consumes the least amount of fuel. Our automobile is fitted with a direct-current 150-watt engine, which is powered by lithium-ion electric vehicle batteries. Its top speed is 40-45 km/h, but at the competition an average speed of 25 km/h has to be maintained for 40 minutes,” said András Gábora,
the manager of the Debrecen team, who works at the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The manager added that he expected the automobile to end up somewhere among the middle ranks on the basis of its performance capacity. It has to comply with very strict safety requirements, one of which would be the 5-point shoulder harness racing safety seat belt. In the preparatory period of several months, there have been twenty students and instructors working together, including would-be mechanical and mechatronic engineers and students majoring in technical management, while the two female operators study civil engineering.
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