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Team Panteras From Mexico - Creative Innovation

Technical solutions can come from the most unlikely places.

Next year's 'to-do' list is growing for Mexico's PanterasUP team from Universidad Panamericana. Since first designing their car last November, the team has taken careful note on how to improve their prototype car for 2013. 

This is the team’s first Shell Eco-marathon Americas entry, which is proudly decorated with the national colors of red and green.  But, what lies beneath the hood proves that technical solutions can come from the most unlikely places.  The team didn’t hit the street track the first day of competition, because something just didn’t feel right.

“The car didn’t feel stable, and we were afraid we would roll over.  So, we worked on it the first day and added some wood to make it more stable,” said Mario Farfan Gomez.  “We found the wood out back, in the trash.”

That wasn’t the team’s first challenge.  Sponsorships were difficult to come by in Mexico, and once funding was finally secured, the team faced a tight deadline to build and then ship the car.

“We had only a month and a half to build the car,” said Gomez.  “And, when it arrived and we opened the box here in Houston, it was damaged.”

The PanterasUP team quickly went shopping in Houston for more tools, repaired the car, and now hopes to run the car twice before the 2012 event ends.