Ripley students’ eco car rolls out in Europe

Ripley students create car of the future in battle for fuel efficiency.
Ripley students create car of the future in battle for fuel efficiency.

Two Ripley students helped make up a Derby University team which built an electric car for a European competition.

The nine-strong mechanical engineering team included Ripley students Cameron Trotter, third-left rear, and Claire McKee, third left front. They entered their environmentally-friendly vehicle into the 30th version of the Shell Eco-marathon in the UrbanConcept category and they competed with 3,000 students from across Europe.

French and Danish teams took the honours at the competition. However, a spokesman said the university was very proud of its team not least because it included two women in a field and industry which has proven to be mainly populated by men despite high salaries and career paths for women.