Shell Eco- marathon rocks!!!

Hey everyone. 

Shell Eco- marathon is so much fun, and so far so good :) 

We have talked to jury members, met other teams, engage people in committing a safety pledge on out safety pledge wall and worked hard and prepared for out first official attempt, which hopefully will be conducted tomorrow. 

Please visit our Facebook page as well, and read the newspapers and online news carefully in the days to come! 

 

Stay tuned for more Shell Eco- marathon. 

 















Ash ash ash...

Due to the spreading of the ash cloud, we are informed that the air space above North Germany is closed from 11 a.m. today. No take-offs or landings are possible at Berlin Airports between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. We hope that all the competing teams in Shell Eco-marathon will make it to Lausitz and EuroSpeedway by tomorrow, so that we can enjoy each other?s company and hopefully grate results...the way it should be! Fingers crossed X

Huge media coverage today, see attached links!

Stay tuned guys, we will keep you posted:)

 

Best regards from a PR- and media manager that hopefully will be reunited with the whole DNV Fuel Fighter team tomorrow morning :)

 





 

Red letter day

:D

Yesterday was a very significant day and marked a major milestone in our project. Being the end of a long chapter, this opens a whole new act where the efforts of people spanning the team, assistants, designers, manufacturers, sponsors and the senior engineers on our workshop and campus will actually manifest on the race track in Lausitz, Germany, in the form of the beautiful DNV Fuel Fighter (phew).

Off to Germany... (actually it's from a static brake test we had earlier this week)


What happened on Friday was a multitude of engaging events. There was a lot off stuff to pack: Tools, car, engine, wheels, tyres, ball bearings, spare parts, camping equipment; safety equipment, all according to a meticulously prepared packing list. And to top it all, we had a last test run, because we could.



We only use testing fascilities under agreement with the local authorities. Sometimes there are a couple of suprises, like this day, of course, the fence on Nidarøbanen was locked. Luckily we had great help from additional students from the Revolve NTNU team (participating in the Formula Student competition soon) to carry our baby across the fence:


Testing always takes time. There is a lot of equipment to pack (in addition to the packing for the trip to Germany), no tools forget (or the efforts are all gone to waste), transportation, and checks, check, and checks.


Feeling like an astronaut....

 


Shicanes were ignored by driver and crew, those are for the Prototype class.


Some problems were discovered, but it helped us get a better view of what remains to be done and perfected on our vehicle.

 


Good mood after the test run, still packing



And all the excitement!

 


Do we need this?




Can I bring this?


Quite a few people on the team play the guitar, so we had to bring that as well



Loading the trailer to the brim

After a long day doing said stuff, we were finally done packing, and ready to go to Germany!

Uwe, Alexander, Mats and Jardar are our drivers and will drive through the night to Oslo, and take the ferry to Kiel. Sigri, Aksel and Lotte will travel by air on sunday afternoon, and land in Berlin in the evening and meet with the drivers. Tim, Håkon, Silje, Timm and Kristina (DNV representative) will travel separately.

Seen the count down on the top of our blog? That's when the camping site on EuroSpeedway Lausitz opens, and we hope to be there shortly after.

(...)



If you see this, you know who we are :D


Happy constitution day from all of us at the DNV Fuel Fighter workshop!







A little bit more unveiling for you

The official unveiling ceremony was as mentioned a very successful event. The weather was perfect, and everything went as planned.The Minister of the Environment and International Development, Erik Solheim, and the popular rally driver Petter Solberg was responsible for the official unveiling, and we just cant thank them enough for taking time off their busy schedule to participate in our unveiling. 

Ketil Solvik- Olsen (Frp) and Nikolai Astrup (H) did also attend, and said a few supportive words as well. They are both representatives from the Standing Committee on Energy and the Environment.

 More articles written about the event: 

 

http://www.nationen.no/2011/05/11/naring/miljo/miljobil/drivstoff/samferdsel/6622402/

 

http://innodesign.no/nor/Energi-Miljoe/Klar-for-miljoebilmaraton

 

More photos















 For more photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.217005061661969.67929.202119726483836

 

The unveiling at Aker Brygge

Thank you all for coming to our unveiling event on Aker Brygge yesterday! We had a great day, and we hope you had the same.

The unveiling was done by the Environmental Minister Erik Solheim and Rally legend Petter Solberg.  There were also several other politicians speaking, in addition to leaders in DNV and Shell Norge.







The event got attention in the media. Check out

http://stjordalsnytt.no/stjordal/sentrum/760-avduket-hydrogenbil-med-ministeren

http://www.newsflash.no/index.php/annet/natur-a-miljo/569-ntnu-team-jakter-pa-miljoseier

http://dittoslo.no/forbruker/bil-og-trafikk/rallykongen-avduket-superbilen-1.6226440

http://www.ostlendingen.no/nyheter/avduket-vidunderbil-1.6227753

 

For those of you that couldn't come, we will publish pictures during the day!

Official unveiling of DNV Fuel Fighter

We hope to see you when we officially unveil our car the 11th of May, Aker Brygge in Oslo, 12.00 :) 

 




Track day in the sun

So today the team went to the sports grounds outside Trondheim Spektrum. The main goal of the day was to test the top speed of the car powered by battery. Testing the top speed indoors at Trondheim Spektrum is .. not advisable, so we decided to do it outside.





We had some software issues in the beginning, so it took a while before the car was up and running. Being efficient, Uwe and Tim utilized the idle time and went to the store and bought a barbecue grill and sausages. Meanwhile we were able to fix the software problems, and got the motor controller operational. As the grill was heating up, we took the car for an easy spin around the track. The first lap was done at around 10 km/h. Everyone listening intently for weird noises and looking to see if the wheels were coming off. The initial test went smooth, and after a final mechanical inspection we felt ready to crank up the speed.




Driving slalom between the children running at the track, we completed a few laps at around 50-60% of full speed or around 15-20 km/h. Everything was going fine, but as we had been driving for a while we decided to fully charge the main battery before going for full speed. Barbecue break killed idle time when the battery was charging.



When we were done barbecuing, the battery was fully loaded and all the kids had cleared the field. The sun had been out for a good few hours so the track had dried up from yesterday's slight rain. Up until now, the driver (Mats) had not been using seat belts, but the prospect of hitting the metal railing around the sports track at 30 km/t made him put on the 5-point harness. Also, when testing the car for the first time at full speed, we connected a laptop directly to the motor controller, not using the car's internal control system. This gave us much more control of the engine in case something went wrong. The trouble is that when stuff goes wrong, it goes seriously wrong: The worst thing that happens is that the engine locks up, locking up the wheel, making the car slide and flipping and/or hit the metal side rails.  Motor lock can only really happen at full speed. No pressure there..

So, sitting in the car with a laptop, the driver controlled the speed in a computer program. Punching in the correct speed numbers in the correct fields in the data program was .. interesting at high speeds. The faster the car goes, the more the car shakes and the harder it was to control the laptop's touchpad. Using the laptop, steering the car, checking the speed and communicating with other team members called for some hardcore multitasking.

 

After some fumbling, the driver was able to push the car up to 80% of required full speed or 25-27 km/h. We tried to go faster, but then the motor controller gave up. It didn't fail as horribly as predicted - the engine didn't lock up. Still 80% of full speed is a great result for a first speed test!

At the end of the testing session Rachel Nordtømme, Northug's ex-girlfriend, suddenly appeared at the running track. Uwe had to work hard to keep our attention during debriefing.. After Uwe had sucessfully captured our attention for 30 seconds, we headed back to the office for a well-earned Friday beer.





All in all a good day at the office!

Congratulation Silje!

 

Our fabulous Pr-media manager was born today and we think it deserves some attention!

 

 

Silje was a part of last year's team and are now volunteering as our pr-media manager while writing her master's degree in Oslo. She is handling everything from newspapers to Shell Norway and is doing an absolute fantastic job! Without her we wouldn't even have this blog!

We are very grateful for all your help, Silje!

 

Best of wishes from all of us at the Fuel fighter office!


We are back!

Hei Hei,

after some easter brake we and the blogg are back!

We hope you enjoyed the free time!



What do you think about our clothing?

Stay tuned the next days, there are rumors in the air that the car already was running on battery.

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dnvfuelfighter2011

2, Trondheim

Shell Eco-marathon er en internasjonal konkurranse for studenter, der man konkurrerer i å bygge en bil som kan kjøre så langt som mulig på en energiekvivalent tilsvarende en liter bensin. Vi fra NTNU stiller i år som tidligere år med kun ett mål for øyet: en ny verdensrekord. Bilen vi bygger, DNV Fuel Fighter, er både energieffektiv og teknologisk unik. Følg med oss helt frem til målstreken! PR- media manager: owrenn@gmail.com Phone: 98039305

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