The Shell EcoMarathon Asia is scheduled to take place from February 25th to March 1 in the Philippines, at the capital city of Manila’s Rizal Park. There ought to be more than 1,000 official participants including contestants and representatives from different nations. An audience of more than 40,000 is expected also, particularly in light of the 2014 competition which also took place in Manila and attracted about 33,000 guests. Manila will also host the EcoMarathon Asia events in 2016.
The NTU Venture 8 was a one year project during which time the team developed and built the car. The auto can reach velocities of around 60 kph – or around 37 mph – and it looks like a mini-auto with doors that open vertically intended for the competition’s “urban idea” class.
Certainly the very first 3D-printed concept auto for Singapore and probably a premiere in all of Asia, the NV8 has a cockpit manufactured from a sum of 150 plastic parts and displays an outline that uses a super-solid honeycomb design maximizing inside space. The gleaming cover of the vehicle is a stunning sight, the group says, and stopped people in their tracks as it was developed at NTU’s new Additive Manufacturing Center, a $5 million studio that enables students and staff to take part in 3D printing innovative work.
And that is not all – while the NV8 will be contending in the urban class, the group has an extra vehicle they produced for the prototype prize competition too. It is a smooth carbon-fiber three wheeled cruiser assembled with speed in mind, called the NV9. The vehicle gimmicks incorporated hand-made solar boards that bend over the projectile like shelter of the electric auto. The NV9 was developed to take corners rapidly by the joining of an inclining function, like the iRoad EV concept auto from Toyota.
Besides the race occasions, the EcoMarathon likewise offers fun instructive opportunities for youngsters and grown-ups alike for alternative energy uses.
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