For this 8th edition, high technology is breathing new life into materials. The focus this year will be on hydrogen, an energy solution adopted by many teams. Six of them have already announced that they are looking into this area of work, including SBM Offshore E-Racing Team, which won the Eco Conception Prize last year. With sustainability as their watchword, the Monegasque team opted for components that could be reused and recycled in a highly technological context. They will be back in July 2021 for their third participation and will have to face five other teams, including the newcomers from Team Altran (CapGemini Group).
The analysis of the life cycle of materials will also be at the heart of the discussions. This is a subject dear to the students of the University of Bologna, who last July presented a concept consisting of re-using the frame of a racing car for the cockpit of their prototype by adding a fuel cell associated with photovoltaic panels.