Motorsport students appeal for votes to help funding drive

A team of students from the University of Aberdeen are appealing for votes as they aim to compete in a major competition that challenges teams to design and build their own energy-efficient car.

Team PrototAU are hoping to enter their own hydrogen-fuelled car into the Shell Eco-marathon, which will be held next summer.

The Eco-marathon challenges teams from around the world design, build and test energy-efficient cars, before taking their designs to the track to see which vehicle can go furthest on the least amount of fuel.

To do so, Team PrototAU first need to raise £5000 through The UNIs - a nationwide competition that aims to find the best sports team or society across UK campuses. The team with the most votes wins the top prize of £5000, and the team are hoping to gather enough votes to send them on their way.

Alessandro Rigola, from Team PrototAU, said: “Our target is to build and enter a hydrogen-fuelled car into the Shell Eco-marathon, but at the moment we don’t have the funding we need to take our plans forward.

“By entering The UNIs we hope to get the money we need to get us to our funding target, however we need people to vote for us here, and to do so as soon as possible before the competition closes on October 30.

“We’re currently in second place in the polling, so any assistance we can get from fellow students and the wider public in Aberdeen could make a big difference!”

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