In December, the Purdue EcoMakers attended the International Motorsports Industry Show (IMIS) which took place at the Indiana Convention Center. IMIS is in it’s third year and has made large progress over the years and has increased in size, regardless of the economic downturn.
The EcoMakers ran the Purdue University booth, which showcased both Purdue EcoCAR 2 and the Electric Vehicle Grand Prix, two progressive competitions which Purdue University takes part in. The exhibitors at IMIS were very diverse, with everything from engine builders to safety equipment companies to university racing teams, and it was a great experience for EcoMakers to talk with these companies and tell them about the EcoCAR 2 competition and get insights about high performance vehicle components. EcoMakers also handed out promotional items and raised awareness about EcoCAR 2 with passing spectators. Many people were very interested in the project. As racing is typically done with high powered gasoline engines, many people were intrigued as the Purdue booth displayed an electric racing go-kart and the prospect of a reengineered Chevrolet Malibu which the EcoMakers will be working on.
This international event showcased companies from the UK, Japan, New Zealand and Germany and were very interested in hearing about this North American competition. The EcoMakers that were able to attend the tradeshow enjoyed it immensely and benefitted greatly from the exposure to this side of the automotive world. We appreciate everyone who stopped by our booth to talk. See you next year!