igus® congratulates the Lausitz College team involved in Suncatcher and the LaDy, who participated in this year's Shell Eco-Marathon with success. The LaDy arrived at place 21 out of 220 vehicles which were at the start in the fuel cell vehicle class. The Suncatcher covered a distance of 1321 km with just one liter of fuel. In both vehicles polymer technology products (igubal® rod end bearings and pillow block bearings, plain bearings and drylin® linear systems) were used.
What is the Shell Eco-Marathon? The Shell Eco-Marathon is the largest energy-efficiency competition and is aimed at student teams from across Europe. The aim of the Shell Eco-Marathon is to construct and drive a vehicle that runs with as little fuel as possible. Both conventional fuels and alternative energy sources are allowed to drive these vehicles. There are two competition categories. Prototype vehicles: streamlined vehicles whose design aims to reduce drag and minimize fuel consumption. Urban Concept vehicles: they resemble conventional cars and road suitability is a prerequisite. The Shell Eco-Marathon in recent years has become one of the most important forums for sustainable mobility worldwide - with venues in Europe (May 6 to 7 ), the U.S. (March 26 to 28) and for the first time in Asia in 2010 (July 8 to10).