Texas Tech Students Receive Automobile for Eco-friendly Transformation
October 16, 2009
Vehicle donated by GM to get makeover as car of the future
A team of Texas Tech University engineering students received the vehicle that
they will transform into a next-generation eco-friendly car. The vehicle was donated
by General Motors. The students intend to prove that they are the next generation
of automotive engineers who will design and build the environmentally-friendly automobiles
of the future.
EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge,
along with its headline sponsors, the U.S. Department of Energy and General Motors
(GM), challenges 17 universities from across the U.S. and Canada to redesign and reengineer
a GM vehicle to further minimize fuel consumption and reduce emissions while retaining
its performance and consumer appeal. EcoCAR
seeks to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by giving them the
tools and experience necessary to design a more energy-efficient future.
In the first year of the competition, beginning in the fall of 2008, the 17 teams
designed a virtual model of their vehicle using advanced software and computer modeling
tools. This year, the second year of the competition, the teams are challenged to
turn their cutting-edge simulations into reality. In the third year, teams will take
the vehicles to the road for a series of challenges.
As the student engineers from Texas Tech embark on the second phase of the challenge,
they will turn the vehicle into a two-mode hybrid powered by a 1.6L European GM 4
cylinder engine and fueled by Ethanol 85.
“EcoCAR gives students hands-on design and engineering experience,” said Tim Maxwell,
professor of mechanical engineering and co-head of the advanced vehicle engineering
lab at Texas Tech. “Our students have worked hard this past year, and they are excited
for the opportunity to integrate their designs into the vehicle.”
Additional information about the EcoCAR competition, and photos are available on the
CONTACT: Jeff Sammons, Whitacre College of Engineering, Texas Tech University,
(806) 742-3451, or firstname.lastname@example.org