After the very successful debut of our first Urban Concept last year, we focused on the next challenge for our team. With muc018 we presented for the first time in the history of the TUfast Eco Team an autonomous driving vehicle.

Our focus was mainly on developing an integrative and innovative vehicle concept. The autonomous components are completely modular and can be fully removed for the traditional competition where a normal driver is steering muc018. They do not present any additional weight. While developing and manufacturing the muc018, the autonomous system was perceived as an equally important part of the vehicle. Therefore, special attention was given to the complete but nonetheless reversible integration of all components into muc018. We could successfully validate our approach at the Shell Eco-marathon  here.

Just like its predecessor muc017 our new car muc018 will compete at the Shell Eco-marathon in the Urban Concept class and in addition to its efficiency it will also feature lighting, weather resistance, comfortable sitting position, and a baggage compartment.

Key Data

Mass (ready to drive) in kg
Maximum speed in km/h

Load-bearing carbon fiber composite monocoque

Length: approx. 2.70m

Propulsion: 2 electric motors at the rear axle

Energy storage: LiPo batteries 


Power Train

Self-developed battery management system

Specificially designed electric engines

Transmission by ring gear

Self-developed motor controller

Communication via CAN 


Nominal power in W


Complete integration of the auonomous components into the chassis

Main components: Driver compartment, front and back

Self-manufactured CFRP-parts

Aerodynamically optimized shape

Part connections mainly through adhesives

Wing doors

Road capability of the interior concept

Bigger interior space as a preparation for the transport of a 2nd passenger 

Suspension System

Front: single wishbone suspension with motor, gear and chassis mountings

Hybrid axle kinematics

Independent suspension

Freewheel clutch

Tested cable steering 


Complex sensor system (lidar, camera, ultrasound, radar)

Stereo- and mono-cameras for depth perception and object recognition

2 lidar sensors at the front for _environmental perception

Object recognition via neural networks

Self-developed actuator technology for steering-, brake- and propulsion-system