Since the corona pandemic made it impossible to present Luca before the summer, the team was able to spend extra time on the interior, says Lisa van Etten of TU/ecomotive. “We could now integrate different kinds of waste in the interior.” She divulges one detail in advance: “For example, we’ve used the remainder of the flax with which we made the chassis, our own waste, in the interior.” The chassis is further made from ocean waste and recycled PET bottles.
An important difference between the new model and the original plan for Luca, is that the car’s body isn’t made of UBQ - an eco-friendly plastic based on residual waste - after all. “Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to find a sheeting company that could make the necessary plates from that material,” Van Etten says. “We could have used injection molding as an alternative, in theory, but that technique is more suited for mass production. For Luca, it was simply to expensive.” That is why the team eventually decided to use recycled plastic as material for the car’s body.
TU/ecomotive has by now returned to their familiar location in the Momentum building on the campus, but the team was forced to look for a temporary location during the closure of the TU/e terrain, Van Etten says. “We first spent some time in a private garage, together with University Racing Eindhoven, but there wasn’t enough space at that location once the building process started.”
The few team members who had to be physically present to build the car eventually found an accommodation in a larger hall, of Mat-Tech in Son. “At that same time, the few team members responsible for electronics moved to an empty shop premises in the Tongelre district; that is where the circuit boards and wiring harnesses were made.”
The unveiling of Luca is now set for the 8th of October and can be watched via a livestream by everyone who is interested.