LSBU takes control of the track in their fuel-efficient marathon car
15 July 2016
After a year of preparation, a
team of LSBU’s brightest engineers competed with
thousands of others from around the world in the Shell Eco-Marathon
With the guidance of their
lecturer Silvio Lavendeira and Project Lead Tony Roberts the team designed and
delivered their vision of a super-efficient vehicle, the ‘Hydro-Machina’, to compete in the
concept class of the competition.
“LSBU’s involvement with the
Shell Eco Marathon Student Competition was a great opportunity for students to
gain real-world experience as part of a highly-regarded, fun and unique
project. As a brand new team, they should all be extremely proud of what
they have achieved. The team successfully worked together and improved
their skills in budgeting, time-management and presenting whilst improving
their technical abilities. They have left a lasting legacy for future students
The Shell Eco-Marathon dates
back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company USA employees made a friendly wager over
who could travel furthest on the same amount of fuel. Since then it has
expanded to include competitions on three continents featuring different energy
classes. LSBU competed in the European leg of the competition that saw the
green-wheeled cars take to the streets of London.
Project Lead Anthony Roberts said, “At LSBU the philosophy
of learning by doing is ingrained in so much of our curriculum that when an
exciting opportunity like the Shell Eco-Marathon comes along it’s only natural
to want to get involved.
practical facilities at LSBU meant that all aspects of the vehicle were
designed, built and manufactured in-house, this is also true of the home-grown
expertise of the many staff and students who contributed to this project.”
This was the
first time LSBU's School of Engineering competed in the fuel-efficient marathon
and already the team are gearing up for next year’s event, where they will
reveal their new vehicle “Something Good 2”.