For those of you who don’t know, Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) is an international event sponsored by Shell, that invites student teams from all over the world to build their own vehicles and race them. The race, however, is not one of speed. The Shell Eco-marathon, in essence, is an energy efficiency driving challenge, which means that each team is judged on how far its vehicle can travel on one liter of fuel. Ultimately, the team with the most fuel efficient car takes home the prize.
The SEM is held thrice every year in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, and as many as 200 teams from all over the world partake in it. Their team is called the NUST Ecomotive, and they’ll be participating in the SEM, which is being held this summer in France.
We were told by the team head, Shahzad Ahmad, a student studying in the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering (SMME) at NUST, that they had been planning to take this initiative for quite some time, but nothing was able to materialize until earlier this year, because projects like these take up a significant amount of time and money, both of which were scarce for these young engineers.
However, after successive trials (and errors), and a lot of hard work, the team finally managed to build their very own vehicle that is to compete in the marathon, complete with an aluminium chassis, and an ultra-light, robust carbon fiber body. Additional features of the car include a dead man’s switch, a collision avoidance system, and an Eco-assist system. To top it all off, team NUST Ecomotive got the car painted in the traditional Pakistani truck art, making it stand out beautifully.
They have also recruited a handful of motivated individuals, who are on the hunt for sponsors to provide the necessary funds for the trip.
We wish Team NUST Eco-motive the best of luck for this great venture, and hope their hard work pays off.