A futuristic hydrogen powered car created by students from Aston University has won one of the top awards at an international environmental motoring challenge.
The team of engineering students, competing against 200 student teams from 24 countries, won the Eco-Design Award in the 2012 Shell Eco Marathon Europe challenge for pushing the boundaries of sustainable driving and car design.
The Aston University car featured a body made from cardboard sandwiched between plywood, with tyre covers made from bio-resin, infused with hessian fibres. In addition its collapsible structure was designed for easy delivery.
This year’s Shell event, one of the most challenging student automotive competitions held annually, was held in held in the streets of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.
Aston University was one of just two UK teams competing along with Oxford University and the aim is to travel as far as possible on just 1 KWh or 1 litre of fuel.
The Aston entrants aimed to create a hydrogen fuel cell car that would leave a ‘lasting impact’ on the judges.
Designed as an urban car of the future, the concept offered exceptionally high fuel efficiency with unusual car materials capable of creating a sustainable design.
“The competition remains loyal to its student focused roots, while helping the public to engage with today’s energy challenge;” said Niel Golightly, vice president, Shell Communications.
“The Shell Eco-marathon is about problem solving, innovation, smarter mobility, the talent of youth and the challenge of competition – it’s one of the most inspiring events we run.”
Professor Robert Berry, executive dean of engineering and applied science at Aston University, said; “We’re delighted that Aston students had an opportunity to showcase their unique car concept on the international stage.
"We are all very proud of their achievement.”