Shell Eco Marathon
The Eco-Marathon is an annual competition sponsored by Shell, in which participants build special vehicles to achieve the highest possible fuel efficiency.
Vehicle body plays a vital role in improving fuel efficiency as it helps in reducing drag force (when surface finish is improved) and also by reducing overall vehicle weight (when body will be light weight). It is therefore necessary to focus on vehicle body apart from improving its other components.
Carbon fiber is the ultimate source to achieve maximum strength/weight ratio. When vehicle body structure is optimized by using advanced optimization tool (FE Software) and then fabricated using correct material and following advanced techniques, it results in maximum weight reduction and achieving smooth surface. This ultimately puts a much significant role in enhancing fuel efficiency.