17 December 2015
Aerodynamic design would reduce global trip by three hours
Engineers from The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have given Santa’s Sleigh an aerodynamic redesign to make its annual world-round trip more energy efficient.
Revealing designs based on their current car, the students have come up with a more energy efficient sleigh complete with a carbon fibre body, aluminium runners and a brand new aerodynamic shape. They are confident their modifications will ease the pressure on the reindeers, and could even cut Father Christmas’ 510,000,000km journey time by three hours.
“We’ve been working on our own ultra- efficient vehicle for next year’s Shell Eco-marathon, when we realised how inefficient Santa’s sleigh actually is.”
First year mechanical engineering student Reuben Taylor said: “We’ve been working on our own ultra- efficient vehicle for next year’s Shell Eco-marathon, when we realised how inefficient Santa’s sleigh actually is.”
Senior Engineering Lecturer Tony Broad commented: “The first thing that stood out to us was the really high levels of drag. There’s a big area where turbulent air circles around the sleigh and recirculates behind it, and that makes it harder for him to move forward. Do you know how much Christmas Spirit he must waste each year?”
The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual competition in which teams of engineers from across the country push their creative engineering to the limit to see how far they can travel using the least amount of energy. The UCLan team is planning to enter again next year when the Eco-marathon comes to London in June 2016. The current record, set using hydrogen, is equivalent to 15,000mpg in a petrol engine.