After one of our most successful seasons to date with muc022, the team faces a new set of obstacles and exciting opportunities for the coming months. Much like the rest of the automotive industry, supply disruptions and globally high levels of inflation provide significant challenges for the team. As the team adjusts to economic realities, we aim to thrive in this new environment in the way we always have, through engineering creativity, operational ingenuity and commitment to our vision.
muc023 will present a holistic approach towards achieving our goal of reaching first place in the Shell Eco Marathon, with improvements made in each system to achieve maximum overall efficiency. Towards this goal, we have applied cutting edge technologies such as MBS and Topology Optimization on components across the suspension and steering systems, creating weight reductions up to 50% whilst maintaining stiffness.
Meanwhile our continued aerodynamic development in the wind tunnel simulations is bearing fruit with significant theoretical reductions in the overall drag coefficient observed. The production process itself has also been optimized with new techniques re-cycling carbon molds allowing a more sustainable and cost-effective manufacturing process whilst simultaneously reducing overall vehicle chassis weight. To complement this advancement, our operations team continue reduce our carbon footprint through sustainable sourcing, aiming to a fulfill our vision as an Eco team.
Parallel to these advancements, our Autonomous team is aiming to make an exciting step in its detection technology, introducing a tree-based 3D occupancy map. This system integrates LiDAR, radar, ultrasonic and depth camera information to allow for long range maneuver planning along close range detection.
All these developments will cumulate into making muc023 our most successful Urban Concept Vehicle to date, with the aim of winning the 2023 Shell Eco Marathon and progressing our autonomous system.