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Panteras eRacing Team Working to Compete in Shell Eco-marathon

Mexico City – A ten-member student team, Panteras eRacing, from the Universidad Panamericana’s engineering faculty is developing an electric vehicle prototype to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon 2024. This global program challenges students to design energy-efficient vehicles. Set to be held from August 27 to 30 in Rio de Janeiro, the competition focuses on promoting sustainable mobility and technological innovation.

Panteras eRacing seeks to raise 200,000 pesos through a GoFundMe campaign to cover construction and travel costs. They emphasize the project’s value in fostering collaboration, creativity, and technical skills among members, enhancing the students’ academic and professional training.

The Shell Eco-marathon, established in 1985, addresses a critical global issue: minimizing energy consumption in transportation. Students test their design, technology, and innovation skills by creating highly efficient vehicles. The competition also exposes them to cutting-edge technology and critical thinking through virtual and track challenges.

Initially featuring wooden vehicles from 25 teams in France, the competition has evolved significantly. Today, teams can utilize diverse energy sources like electric batteries, gasoline, diesel, ethanol, and hydrogen cells. Vehicle construction materials range from advanced carbon fiber to bamboo.

Over 100,000 students from more than 60 countries have participated, including previous Mexican entries from Tecnológico de Monterrey and UNAM. Panteras eRacing aims to create the first Latin American prototype with a full carbon fiber chassis and a 3D-printed modular system.

“This project is not just a technical challenge, but an opportunity to contribute to a greener future,” the team concludes. “We believe we can make a significant difference in sustainable mobility with the right tools and support.” You can support their cause HERE.

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