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Main focus 05/2017: EDAG do Brasil conquers the best at the Engineering Award competition for Electric Vehicles

EDAG do Brasil, in partnership with CAOA and St. Pauls School, São Paulo/BR participated in the Greenpower 2017 International Championship of Electric Vehicles and conquered the best at the Engineering Award competition on October 8th, 2017 at Rockingham Speedway, England.

In an unprecedented participation in the final of the championship that brings together companies, schools and students from all over the world, the LION II, vehicle of Lion Racing BR, stood out among over more than 50 cars that participated in the competition and was awarded with the GreenPower International Engineering Award 2017. The vehicle was totally designed, developed and validated by EDAG do Brasil, in partnership with CAOA, students of St. Pauls School, Multicorpos, Barracuda and other partners, as well.

The Greenpower Electric Car Challenge is a student centered science, technology, math, and sustainability project that motivates young people learning the subject, connecting schools, industry and community through inspiring engineering projects. The competition began in 1999 and currently involves over 500 schools and 8000 students from various countries, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, China, South Africa, and now Brazil too. Many large companies, and in increasing numbers, are supporting and sponsoring this event. Among them BMW, Cummins, Ford, Siemens, etc. ... 

For more information on GreenPower Challenge see: http://www.greenpower.co.uk 

The experienced EDAG and CAOA professionals team, in conjunction with teachers and students at St. Pauls School have rigorously followed the project's premises to achieve the objectives of the competition. According to the regulation, the electric motor of 24V, 240W and 1.15Nm torque is identical for all teams, as well as, the two 12 Volt batteries used in the vehicle. Applying high tech engineering tools and resources, it was possible to design and refine the vehicle in structural, aerodynamic and thermal issues. Specific software such as CATIA, ADAMS / Car and OpenFOAM were used along the development phase. The application of special materials and high performance parts developed exclusively for this vehicle allowed the LION II to weight 42 kg only and achieve a top speed of 52 km/h. 

The vehicle was completely assembled at EDAG's facilities in São Bernardo do Campo and subjected to performance, resistance and aerodynamic tests. Field data acquisition through specific instrumentations allowed the team to analyze and apply a series of improvements before shipping the vehicle to England.

According to Marcio Santos, who led the project together with Pascoal Palladino and João Veloso, all engineers from EDAG, and Wellington Ortiz from CAOA, this award is the result of the work performed in a team that applied the latest generation of materials and components and most adequate software and fabrication processes, as well as the performance of LION2 vehicle, which achieved the seventh fastest time in Saturday Practice and completed the Sunday prove without any mechanical or electrical problem! 

We intend to participate in 2018 and win unprecedented prizes for Brazil with innovative ideas and solutions, says Alexandre Sberveglieri, Director of Product Development at EDAG do Brasil.