DENVER — Tony Nguyen and his fellow classmates at the CU Denver Mechanical College have a dream. “We want to build the most fuel efficient car in the U.S.” says Nguyen.
Since December 2011, team “Mile Hydrogen” at CU Denver has been building such a dream car to compete in the national Shell Eco Marathon in Houston.
“The Eco Marathon tests the abilities of all the design schools around the U.S. to see who can build the most efficient vehicle.”
CU Denver’s prototype has a carbon fiber body, is fueled by a hydrogen cell no bigger than a car battery, and has an engine about the size of the head of a baseball bat.
Competition at the Shell Eco Marathon is stiff as teams from around the world will be showing and testing their prototypes in Houston. Tony’s team wants to win. “We want to show the world what CU Denver engineering can really do.”
It’s the first year the rubber hits the road for team “Mile Hydrogen.” But win, lose or draw, those magnificent men and their hydrogen machine will be back.