The road is long …

29 May 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Motorsports students’ creation manages 633 miles from one gallon of fuel.

Caption: The University’s motorsports engineering students in Rotterdam at the Shell Eco-marathon.

A group of car enthusiasts from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has set a record that all drivers could only dream of emulating.

The first year motorsports engineering students have managed to drive a whopping 633 miles using only a single gallon of Shell fuel at the European leg of the Shell Eco-marathon. This was almost double the miles that the previous UCLan team achieved back in 2010.

The eight undergraduates, who passed on hints and tips to Rugby Union World Cup winner Matt Dawson in the build-up to the race in Rotterdam, used unusual items to create their specialist carbon-fibre car.

A cement mixer was used for the engine and components of a soda stream were utilised for the fuel injection system. The car reached around a top speed of 30 miles an hour in wet and dry conditions in the Netherlands.

The team competed against 92 other European competitors and were the UK’s top placed team in 33rd.