brum eco

With the end of the academic year approaching, it is time to announce Brum Eco Racing’s exciting new plans for the next year!

Development on this year’s car, Brum 5, has been limited due to COVID-19 restrictions and has therefore not seen as many upgrades as the team initially hoped. As a result, we have decided to name next year’s car Brum 5B, as it more clearly reflects that it will be a continuation of work that has been started but not yet implemented this year. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any exciting new developments in the pipeline…

Since its founding in 2017, Brum Eco Racing has entered the Shell Eco-marathon fuel-efficiency competition as a gasoline-fuelled prototype vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine. But as the world looks towards a more sustainable future, it is time to look forward at what Brum Eco Racing can do to make the team more sustainable and prepare our members with the necessary skills. 

Brum 5B Logo (900x214)

Therefore, Brum Eco Racing is pleased to announce that the team is starting work on converting our car to a battery-electric propulsion method! We will still be entering the Shell Eco-marathon competition, as we always have, but will instead be competing under the battery-electric category. This will represent a unique and exciting challenge for the team and as always, we are looking for enthusiastic and hard-working members to join the team to help with this new development. We encourage anyone interested to fill in our sign-up form, even if you have no experience and would just like to get involved and learn fun new things! 

Brum 5B Teaser & Concept (900x440)

As for how our development cycle will look for the 2021-22 season, we will continue development within our engine team as well as starting work on the new battery-electric system. In October, when the time comes to officially apply to the Shell Eco-marathon, the team will conduct a feasibility review of both the engine and the battery-electric system. We will select what we believe to have the highest chance of success for the competition in July 2022. The decision has been made to continue development of the engine in this way as the new battery-electric system will be a considerable challenge and we want to still be able to enter the competition in the case that it has not been completed in time.

To find out more about Brum Eco Racing visit their society website.

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