Posted 8:01 p.m.
Year two of the Eco Car 2 competition throws students in driver seat.
They're redesigning a car, focusing on efficiency and consumer interest.
The teams go through rigorous technical and safety inspections.
(Jesse alley, competition organizer)"It is of the utmost importance that the [safety] standards are reached, which is why [the car] will not run without meeting them,” said one of the competition organizers Jesse Alley. “Safety comes first. Safety can't be compromised. We don't take shortcuts."
Eco Car 2 teaches practical concepts of the industry, hands on.
Last year, with $25 thousand, the student teams drafted their designs.
Through trial and error they learn what's possible as one student explained.
"We planned to make our vehicle more complicated that we should have,” said student participant Claire Basista. “So this year we actually stripped down, made it a little less complicated …So we are actually able to produce what we say we would."
Winner or not, the students have their hands on 10 and two, n the fast-lane to success.
(Jim kolhoff, gm eco car co-exec. Dir.) "the kinds of skills that students learn as part of this they apply immediately upon graduation,” said Coexecutive Director Jim Kolhoff. “GM has hired a number of students over the last several years. We find that these students are highly innovative when they join."