Mission accomplished! 22nd December, 2015

SEM Day 5: A Day of Firsts

Everything runs on time in the Netherlands. So it was no surprise that at 15:00 precisely, the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon was formally opened. After 4 days of technical inspection and test runs, it was time to do what we came here to do. The first car took to the track at 15:30, and 20 minutes […]

21st December, 2015

SEM Day 4: practice

Basking in the afterglow of a successful technical inspection, today we aimed to get around the competition circuit in a test session. The Rotterdam SEM track includes straights of several hundred metres, some long sweeping curves, and two 90° corners, one of which is notorious for rollovers and slides. Maryrose, Niamh and Cian started yesterday […]

20th December, 2015

SEM Day 3: Technical inspection

Before any team is allowed to run at Shell Eco-marathon, their car has to pass a technical inspection to show it is (a) safe and (b) competing fairly within the rules. Technical inspection is not a rubber-stamping, but a tough process that inspires dread and respect. It’s known for exposing any engineering weakness in the […]

19th December, 2015

SEM Day 2: What happens now?

So, we’ve arrived in Rotterdam for Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015. What, exactly, will we be doing here? The idea is simple: SEM is a competition for energy efficiency. Cars complete a course of 16 km over 10 laps of a street circuit at an average speed of at least 25 km/h. The winner is the […]