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Hungary’s Kecskemét College: Boosting Power, But Keeping Light

Hungary’s Kecskemét College had an amazing second-place run in last year’s Shell Eco-marathon Europe, and the team was determined to kick up its performance this year. The gasoline-powered engine is now 45 cubic centimeters, about a third larger than last year’s engine for the car, nicknamed Megameter, which achieved a performance of 2,695.5 kilometers per liter  (6,340.2 miles per gallon) last year. (One megameter is 1,000 kilometers.) But the vehicle is actually lighter, because of the use of titanium and other light materials and refinements made to the vehicle body. (Related: “Hungary’s Megameter: ‘Their Knowledge is Our Fuel of the Future‘”) Team member Attila Czigleczki explains that the team felt it was important for all the parts, including the engine, to be student-built.