McMaster EcoCar3 team sets the pace at Seattle competition

June 11, 2015
Monique Beech


Ecocar 3 Team

Photo Credit: EcoCAR 3/John Larsen



A McMaster Engineering student car team had a strong showing during the first round of an intensive four-year challenge to redesign a classic muscle car with more environmentally friendly features.

The McMaster EcoCar 3 team placed sixth overall during the Year One completion in Seattle held from May 29 to June 4 – the best finish ever by a first year team. 

“Once again our team has showcased the talent and technical prowess we are famous for at McMaster Engineering by winning more trophies than we could bring home,” says Will Long, engineering manager.
“We won so many trophies we had to purchase an extra piece of luggage at the airport to bring them all back.”

Among the awards received:

  • The Mechanical Systems Presentation Award - 1st
  • The MathWorks Simulation and Modelling Award - 1st
  • The Innovation Presentation - 2nd
  • The Systems Modelling Simulation and Demonstration Award - 3rd
  • The Space Embedded Success Award - 3rd

The four-year EcoCAR 3 challenge pits McMaster engineering, business and communication students against teams from 15 other universities across North America in a race to make the Chevrolet Camaro lighter, faster, and more fuel-efficient to meet the strict demands of the modern-day sports car market.

This one-of-a-kind educational experience is open to students of all levels and disciplines and follows a rigorous competition schedule with tight deadlines and strict challenges. More than 70 students are involved with the project.

Throughout the next four years of EcoCAR 3, the team will be working closely with the McMaster Automotive Resource Centre (MARC).

This facility – part of McMaster Innovation Park – houses some of the most cutting-edge vehicle research, simulation, and testing tools as well as hundreds of academics, students, and industry representatives dedicated to improving the efficiency of the vehicles on Canadian roads.