Students of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE) in Delta State have made the country proud when they displayed their innovation at the Shell Eco Marathon held at Zwartkorp Race Track in South Africa. The event, which was hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Johannesburg, challenged participants, who are Electrical and Electronics and Mechanical Engineering students, to design, build and drive energy-efficient automobiles.
The audience was held spellbound by the FUPRE team, with their expertise, designing a lead-free energy-efficient car named Delta Cruz. The team won Shell Unleaded Gasoline Prototype prize with a staggering result of 55.9 km per litre of fuel. The FUPRE Team beat 11 others to win the contest. Three other Nigerian universities participated in the competition. They are University of Lagos (UNILAG), University of Benin (UNIBEN) and Ahmadu Bello University (ABU).