Martin Badenhorst, a Masters student from the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, was not only excited to embark on his first trip overseas, he would also be doing his very first external presentation during the recent European Altair Technology Conference (E-ATC) in Germany. As part of a team of students at NMU, Martin was involved in the Eco-Car project which began in 2014.
“The NMU Eco-Car project is essentially a student run project where they get together to design and build a car. The project functions under the Advanced Mechatronics Training Centre (AMTC) at the university,” explains Clive Hands, senior lecturer at NMMU and part of the team.
The students delivered a car that participated in the 2016 Shell Eco-Marathon Africa which was hosted at Zwartkops Raceway in Pretoria. The team managed to win the gasoline category with the Eco-Car running a distance of 127.86 km per litre of petrol used.