30 Apr '14, 7pm

Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014: Students find upsides pretty much everywhere

Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014: Students find upsides pretty much everywhere

Jonathan Hamway is a fourth-year mechanical engineering student at the University of Toronto . He's the one who told me that the difference between the two teams is decidedly minor. The difference in the official mpg results was pretty dramatic - over 100 mpg separated Toronto from Laval - but when you're talking about the amount of fuel the cars use on the track, that's almost a measuring error. Note: no one is saying the Shell team on site wasn't measuring accurately, we're just pointing out that even a thimble of fuel makes a huge difference at the Eco-marathon. The University of Toronto team is entirely happy with their second-place finish, though, because of how they achieved it. Hamway said that the small, off-the-shelf engines that most teams in the liquid fuel categories use are designed for max power with the lowest possible manufacturing cost. The Toronto student...

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