After the very successful debut of our first Urban Concept last year, we focused on the next challenge for our team. With muc018 we present for the first time in the history of the TUfast Eco Team an autonomous driving vehicle.

Our focus was mainly on developing an integrative and innovative vehicle concept. The autonomous components are completely modular and can be fully removed for the traditional competition where a normal driver is steering muc018. They do not present any additional weight. While developing and manufacturing the muc018, the autonomous system was perceived as an equally important part of the vehicle. Therefore, special attention was given to the complete but nonetheless reversible integration of all components into muc018.

Just like its predecessor muc017 our new car muc018 will compete at the Shell Eco-marathon in the Urban Concept class and features, in addition to its efficiency, also lighting, weather resistance, comfortable sitting position and a baggage compartment.


Competitions: Achievements in the “Autonomous Urban Concept” class

Shell Eco Marathon Europe

–   Best run: 112.8 km/kwh (corresponds to about 979 km/l


–   2nd place Autonomous Urban Concept

–   Winner of the Design Award

–   2nd place “Technical Innovation Award”

Educ Eco

–   1st place Battery-Electric (202 km/kWh, which corresponds to about 1759 km/l SuperPlus95)

–   Winner of the “Best Driving Strategy Award”

Key Data

Mass (ready to drive) in kg
Maximum speed in km/h

Load-bearing carbon fiber composite monocoque

Length: approx. 2.70 m

Propulsion: 2 electric motors at the rear axle

Energy storage: LiPo batteries 


Power Train

Nominal power: 860 Watt

Self-developed battery management system

Specificially designed electric engines

Transmission by ring gear

Self-developed motor controller

Communication via CAN 

Nominal power in W


CFK Tooling of all parts using the VAP process

Chassis parts manufactured with prepreg technology

       Integral design for enhanced stability
       Weight without attachment parts 5,1 kg
       Aerodynamically optimized shape
       10 mm aluminum honeycomb as sandwich material

Top cover-monocoque: conic flange as connecting element

Top cover: flange connects to monocoque; embedded solar cells

Crossbeam: self-supporting, aerodynamically neutral airfoil

Windshield: 3D formed PMMA

All attachments made of CFRP 


Complete optimization and new construction

3 wheels for reduced rolling friction

Axles adjustable in all dimensions

Space saving, precise front axle steering based on Bowden wires

Specifically designed kinematics of the front axle for reduced rolling friction and optimal handling while cornering

Hydraulic disc brakes 


Complex sensor system (lidar, camera, ultrasound, radar)

Stereo- and mono-cameras for depth perception and object recognition

2 lidar sensors at the front for detecting objects

Object recognition via neural networks

Self-developed actuator technology for steering-, brake- and propulsion-system