Shell Eco-Marathon Championship

The inaugural running of the Drivers' World Championship (DWC) in London was a real crowd pleaser. For the first time, 8 cars outfitted with real time fuel monitors and GPS systems were set loose on the 1.4 mile Eco-marathon track to race head-to-head. 

Graph of Emission standards

And, when will they roll out Tier 5 (in the United States) and Stage 5 in Europe?

We came across a really useful graphic prepared by Cummins. It shows the roll out of the various emissions standards across the various horsepower ratings and in the major adopting markets of the US, Europe and Japan.

Natec Sensors has relaunched their web site with an increased emphasis on flow measurement.

Model P001 installed in SEM car

The Shell Eco-marathon is moving on from Detroit to London. The European region is the third and final stop for this year's student challenge. Student groups from all of Europe are testing their fuel efficient concept cars in open competition to see who has the best engineering and execution against some very strict guidelines set down by the race organization.
We are very excited about this year's events, because Max has been asked to join the event to provide high-resolution, flow measurement for the leanest running cars in the world. 

In an effort to increase the number of pulses/cc that their meters produce, some companies have added pulse multipliers to their output signal. Simply put, these devices fire 2 to 16 times for each input pulse that the meter creates. These are popular when the triggering event is rather far apart. For example, a gear meter which produces one pulse for every tooth that passes below a proximity sensor.

Shell Eco-Marathon in Detroit

The Shell Eco-marathon Americas has come to a close in Detroit.

Paul Hock 30 year anniversary at Max Machinery

This April marks the 30th anniversary for Paul Hock as a Max employee. To celebrate the occasion, the entire company took off for the afternoon to enjoy a wonderful Italian lunch and then we hit the (mini) golf course to test our patience and skill. 

  Everyone had a great time. Whether they were casual players...

Max Engineers at the Shell Eco-marathon

The Max team is on hand to ensure that the real time fuel measurement is a really big success.

35+ year old meter still in use!

It's a little hard to put an exact age on this meter. The serial number predates the convention that was adopted in 1981, so we know that it is at least 35 years old.

Fuel meters for high mileage engines

The Shell Eco-Marathon will be held in three locations this year.  The first group will compete in Manila over the March 3rd through 6th weekend. The Eco-Marathon Americas will be held in Detroit over the April 21st through 24th weekend. And starting in 2016, the Eco-Marathon Europe will be moving from Rotterdam, Netherlands to the streets of London on the weekend of June 30th through July 3rd.