Circuit of The Americas will host college students competing in the EcoCAR2 program during a special visit to the United States Grand Prix venue this Sunday, Jan. 27. The students will be in Austin, Texas, for the EcoCAR2 2013 Winter Workshop, set for Jan. 23-27. During their visit, students will tour of the facility and participate in demonstrations of upcoming EcoCAR competition events, such as emissions testing, vehicle energy consumption, and drive quality.
The EcoCAR program is a one-of-a-kind, three-year collegiate engineering competition involving elite student teams from 15 universities in the United States and Canada. The program, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education, offers students hands-on, real-world experience designing more efficient and environmentally friendly fuel systems for commercial automobiles.
The EcoCAR2 program stems from more than two decades of successful advanced vehicle technology competitions established by the U.S. Department of Energy in a public-private partnership designed to educate, train and recruit the next generation of automotive engineers. As part of the EcoCAR2 competition, students are working to reduce the environmental impact of a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu without compromising the vehicle's performance, safety or consumer appeal.