DNV GL Fuel Fighter is a team composed of over 30 students from different nationalities and educational backgrounds who are enrolled in the Engineering Design Project course at NTNU. The students receive credit points towards their degree for developing and building an ultra-efficient Urban Concept car that will compete in the UrbanConcept class at the Shell Eco-marathon competition.
We have been competing for over ten years and during those years we have had successes both on-track and off-track, using hydrogen or lithium batteries as our fuel source. We have also competed in the Prototype class. We retired our last prototype car two years ago and currently have no plans for competing with a prototype, but who can say what the future holds?
Ultimately, DNV GL Fuel Fighter do not just want to win the Shell Eco-marathon. We want to be part of the process that create, develop and solve real-world problems and add sustainable value for the future. Which is why we are so grateful for having DNV GL as our sponsor for all those years, enabling us to reach our goals!
The Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students across the globe to develop and create the most fuel efficient car using knowledge, sustainability and exploration of technical solutions.
DNV GL Fuel Fighter competes in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe division where student teams across Europe meet up for a week in London to race. Last year, the main challenge was to use the least amount of fuel over a distance of 10 miles while keeping an average speed of 23km/h. In addition to the race, we have also been traditionally competing in the off-track awards such as the Vehicle Design Award and the Communication Award.
We compete because we aim to develop and build an ultra-efficient Urban Concept car that excels in Shell Eco-Marathon. We envisage a society that is sustainable, mirroring DNV GL and NTNU’s visions of having a safe and sustainable future on a global scale. DNV GL Fuel fighter has been participating in the Shell Eco-marathon for over 10 years and will continue to do so for the upcoming years ahead.
The DNV GL Fuel Fighter car currently weighs 95 kilograms. As depicted, It is 3 metres in length and 1.2 meters in height. It features LED-lights at the front and has the majority of the parts made out of carbon fiber. Internally, the car contains proprietary circuit boards and a laser cut steering wheel. The car has aluminium suspension links, a 2×200 Watts electric motor and an aerodynamic tail.
The Mechanical group are focused on the physical building of the car. The group builds and modifies all the parts on it. They also work closely with the Electrical group to make sure both parts of the car are functioning in sync.
The Electrical group are working mainly on the electrical systems of our car. In addition, they are responsible for the coding language that the mechanical system requires. They are also working with the Mechanical group to make sure the electrical systems in our car is well integrated with the mechanical parts.
The Design group is our smallest group, but they are quite important to make sure both this year’s car and the next car we are building is designed in the most energy efficient way possible. They have just started using generative design, which we are all quite excited about!
The Research and Development group works to find new solutions and improvements for our current car. More importantly, they explore and analyze ideas for the new car that will be built for the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon. The R&D and Design group work closely with each other.
The Marketing group develop ways to get DNV GL Fuel Fighter’s mission and vision out to the world. The marketing group use a range of different tools to do this including this webpage, social media sites and in more traditional media platforms to get the team’s message across. This group also works in promoting DNV GL Fuel Fighter here at NTNU.
In 2017 the team built a brand new car, the DNV GL Fuel Fighter 4. The car was built in just five months, but unfortunately failed to complete the race.
2016 is the 9th consecutive year for the team to attain sponsorship ties with DNV GL. One car was made this year and was powered by a hydrogen engine and has a carbon carosserie. The car was only 1.00 meters high, 1.60 meters wide and 3.00 meters long with space for one person.
Two cars from NTNU participated in Shell Eco-marathon 2015. A new Urban Concept car in the hydrogen class which took 10,000 hours to create has been developed. The car for the Urban Concept class was created around the idea that driving the car from Oslo-Trondheim will only use 0.1 L of gasoline.
The team in 2014 reach a result of 7th place in the Prototype battery electric category & 3rd place in the Urban Concept battery electric category A. This was the first time NTNU participated in the Urban Concept class.
The project team consisted of 17 students who continued developing the chassis of 2012. The developments included the addition of solar panels to the car. The team won both the design and communication awards.
The team of 2012 decided to move away from the original fuel cell chassis and design a new electric car. The car was built completely in only one year and finished with an impressive fifth place in its class.
After the failed attempts of the 2010 team the DNV Fuel Fighter 2011 team focused heavily on systems engineering and reliability and managed a second place in the Urban Concept Fuel Cell class. This year the car managed an equivalent of 957 km (595 mi) on one liter of gasoline.
In 2010, a lot of variations and parts were changed in the car. However, the team failed to finish the race during the competition.
The team of 2009 consisted of 10 masters students who created a 80kg hydrogen fuel cell car which competed in Germany. The team broke the previously competition record and finished first, while also achieving the lowest CO2 emissions of the competition.
The first NTNU team to compete in Shell Eco-marathon was in 2008. The car was built over two years (2007-2008) by 13 students and, at the competition, the team finish second overall and won two special awards for communication and road safety.