Students' green driving race took off from Westminster

Covering the distance from London to Aberdeen, UK’s engineering students are fighting not to become the nation’s fastest but the most economic driver.

During the non-stop driving challenge, the teams will be driving a Ford Fiesta powered by 1.5-litre TDCi diesel engine, which uses Bosch common rail diesel injectors and a high-pressure Bosch fuel pump. Throughout the 2,737km journey, monitoring equipment will be analysing each team’s efficiency.

The Formula Student Diesel Eco Driving Challenge offers three awards – for the most efficient driving in the city, in rural areas and on the highway.

The race took off from Westminster this morning and continues towards Swansea before heading further north. The race, scheduled to take full three days, will go via 46 universities across the country, where the teams will be taking turns. Each team is expected to cover the distance of approximately 160km. 

All of the participating students are also involved in the Formula Student 2013, which will take place at Silverstone from 4 to7 July. The event challenges universities from across the world to design, build and race a single seat racing car from scratch in one year – before putting it to the test at one of the world’s greatest racetracks.

“It’s the first time we’ve attempted a driving challenge of this scale and I wish all the teams the best of luck,” said Jon Hilton, Chairman of Formula Student. “It will certainly prepare all the students for July’s competition.”

Peter Fouquet, president of Bosch UK, said: “With the help of Bosch technologies, the vehicle being used for the Formula Student Diesel Eco Driving Challenge achieves CO2 emissions of just 98g/km. In the near future, Bosch sees the potential across all vehicle segments for even greater CO2 emissions reductions – of up to 20 per cent in some cases."

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