UPC ecoRacing at the Automobile Barcelona 2017
From the 11th to the 21th of May the Automobile Barcelona 2017, one of the most important events in the automotive sector, was held. As it could have not been otherwise, UPC ecoRacing was present each day, in order to make more visible and promote the sustainable automotive sector.
This year, the Automobile has beaten the record of attendance and more than 755,000 visitors have passed through the Fira de Barcelona venue, where UPC ecoRacing had a stand, which has been designed entirely by the team's staff. In this space were exposed two of the single-seaters that have led the team to achieve the World Top 7, ecoR2 and ecoRZ, apart from attending everyone interested in the project.
The first of the single-seaters, the ecoR2, was designed and built in 2010, becoming the first hybrid race car design and built in Spain. It participated in numerous competitions internationally obtaining very outstanding results, such as the second position in the Formula Student Italy 2010 or the third position in Formula Hybrid International 2012 held in the United States.
The ecoRZ, a 100% electric single-seater, has recently been awarded the victory in the category of electric vehicles in Formula SAE Australasia, being the first electric European team to take part in this competition. In addition, it has stood out as one of the most energy efficient cars in Europe, obtaining the first position for the most efficient vehicle in Formula Student held in the circuit of Silverstone and Formula Student Germany held in the legendary Hockenheim circuit. It also certified the leadership of UPC ecoRacing within Spain, as the team won the distinction of Best Spanish Team in Formula Student Spain held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
In addition, thanks to the collaboration of Hi-Speed, the visitors were able to enjoy a high-performance driving simulator totally free of charge.
UPC ecoRacing was also present on the Connected Hub, a European platform dedicated to the connected automotive sector. A congress was held with the most influential opinion leaders in the industry, as well as the availability of a demonstration area where different companies were able to showcase the most advanced technologies applied to vehicles.
During the course of the Automobile Barcelona a large number of personalities approached the UPC ecoRacing stand to learn more about the project. Among them, his Excellency the President of the Spanish Government Mariano Rajoy and the honourable President of the Generalitat de Catalunya Carles Puigdemont, as well as representatives of companies present at the event, such as Tesla, the leading company in the electric car sector, or SEAT, Honor Sponsor of the project.
It was a great honor, too, that the two-time Rally Dakar champion Joan "Nani" Roma got interested in the team and got behind the wheel of the electric car ecoRZ.
Finally, the team would like to thank all the attendants of Automobile Barcelona for the interest shown in the ambitious project, as well as the sponsors that make it possible, and to approach the stand making the event a total success for both the city of Barcelona and UPC ecoRacing.