BSU students compete to create the most fuel efficient car

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BSU students compete to create the most fuel efficient car

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by Ty Brennan

KTVB.COM

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 6:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 7:07 AM

BOISE -- Some Boise State engineering students are in a competition to make the most fuel efficient car ever built.  The competition is called the Shell Eco Challenge.  The goal is to use diesel, gas or electricity to build a better performing vehicle.

For the past couple of months 10 BSU students have been working tirelessly in preparation for the competition that will be held on March 29 in Houston, Texas.

“Everything's coming together,” said Toby Bower, a mechanical engineering student.

The electric car has been designed by the students from the ground up to be as efficient as possible.

BSU students will be competing against students from all over the country.  Their car will have to complete a six-mile track with an average speed of 15 miles per hour.

“Basically you want to use as little power as possible to complete those laps,” said Bower.

A small battery will power everything on the car, from the brake lights to the engine.  The students say this experience will help them in their futures after college.

“I can definitely see a lot of these tools working their way into the actual automotive design here soon,” said Aaron Ayers, a mechanical engineering student.
 

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