A team of researchers from the University's Cavendish Laboratory took
part in the Shell Eco-marathon World Championships held at Rockingham
Motor Speedway Circuit, in Northamptonshire. The competition is designed to discover the world's most fuel-efficient
vehicle. Teams have to race their car over 10 miles, inside a strict time
limit, using the minimum amount of fuel possible.
Cambridge's Team Crocodile have been taking part in such events for
several years and were hoping for an improved performance after completely
rebuilding their car to make it lighter, more streamlined, and even more
fuel-efficient. They came fifth out of British teams competing, and sixth
Throughout the year, the team use the car for education purposes. It is
exhibited during National Science Week and at the annual Physics at Work
event, when school-children are invited to the Cavendish Laboratory.
"We hope that this success will set a really good example to other
schools thinking about entering the competition," said Cavendish
Laboratory technician Rik Balsod, who designed and built the car...
Cambridge's Team Crocodile were hoping for
an improved performance over last time, having completely rebuilt their
car, making it lighter and more streamlined. Their hard work was rewarded
with a fuel consumption of 2,821 miles per gallon, an 820 mile improvement
on their previous World Championship run. This placed them fifth out of
British teams competing and sixth overall (last time they came 13th and
A CAR with fuel economy most motorists would die for has just rolled
off the production line at Cambridge University's physics department.
The vehicle can do 2,500 miles to the gallon. But it does them at a
speed many Cambridge cyclists could equal around 15mph.
The 10ft car, weighing just 110lb, has a four-stroke 27cc engine and is
the handiwork of a team from the Cavendish Laboratories, who will be
entering it in a competition. The search to find the world's most fuel-efficient vehicle will take
place at the Shell Eco-marathon World Championships, at Rockingham Motor
Speedway Circuit, near Corby, on June 22 and 23...
The Cavendish Laboratory (Dept. of Physics)
from the University of Cambridge has been involved in the "Shell Mileage
Marathon Competition" where participating teams have to build a
person-driven vehicle, powered by a small engine to race and achieve the
highest possible mileage per gallon. Araldite 420, from Vantico's
aerospace range of adhesives, was used to bond the aluminium panels of a
streamlined and lightweight vehicle in order to combine the lightest
weight with the highest performance...