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What if you could pack and assemble a car like Ikea furniture? Students at Aston University aimed for lightweight portability and sustainability in the wood car they designed and built for Shell Eco-marathon Europe. Their project manager, Christian Mclening, explains the innovative plywood composite chassis and “flat-pack” design in the video below. In addition to using sustainably sourced wood, the car also is fueled by a hydrogen fuel cell so it has no emissions. The Aston students won the award for Eco-design in the 2012, and have modified the vehicle for this year’s competition, making it larger. But they still were assembling the vehicle on site at the Rotterdam competition, which continues through today.


    Gambia West African
    May 20, 2013, 1:28 pm

    This is a wonderful contribution to the modern technological development and I wish for more progress. I would love if Aston University should expand its creatives in the Gambia and we have potential and material resource.I appeal to the University Authorities to share this kind of development with Africa.