Team Nigeria (students from the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State) won two awards at the Shell Eco-Marathon competition.
Their designed car raced for 52.9 kilometers on a little fuel, winning the “FIRST POSITION IN THE PROTOTYPE VEHICLE UNDER THE GASOLINE FUEL TYPE CATEGORY”. The team also won an award for developing the “MOST INNOVATIVE ANTI-THEFT DEVICE” to secure their vehicle.
The Shell Eco-marathon competition aims at challenging student teams from around the world to design, build, and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering from the University of Johannesburg. The competition brought together over 100 young engineers from South Africa and Nigeria, with six awards to battle for.
20 teams from different high schools and universities in South Africa and within the African continent registered for the competition.
The Teams were classified into two vehicle categories: Prototype and UrbanConcept. The Prototype category is to be powered by battery, electric, or gasoline (unleaded petrol). The UrbanConcept cars are powered by gasoline (unleaded petrol) or diesel.
Winners were declared based on designed cars that drive the equivalent of the longest distance using the least amount of energy in their chosen category, and Nigeria Team stood out.
Credit: Guardian newspaper.