Future Transportation Systems

In an increasingly crowded world we need technological solutions to moving more people and goods faster and more efficiently. This track addresses these problems from many different directions. We have very specialized projects like the FSAE and Wing-in-Ground effect vehicles. Other projects aim at solving problems like energy efficiency through the development of electric vehicles whilst others are using existing vehicle platforms to make them safer or otherwise autonomous.



The NUS Formula SAE race car project was started in 2001, when a group of enterprising third year engineering students dreamed of building a race car for participation after their graduation in the intervarsity FSAE competition, held every May in Michigan, USA. Since then the project has evolved into an important educational component of the NUS Engineering Programme.


The NUS Eco-car Project is embarked on by NUS Engineering to provide undergraduate students a chance to express themselves in a practical competition. Shell Eco-Marathon is an annual fuel mileage competition where teams showcase creative solutions to present problems. It is an exhibition of technological advancements and creative talents.The principle: Challenging thousands of students to design, build and drive the ultimate fuel-efficient vehicle to extend as far as possible the distance that can be covered on a single litre of fuel. Students get to compete with more than 100 universities from more than 20 countries to push the boundaries of energy efficiency.


A team of eight engineering students have successfully built Singapore's first personal flying machine, dubbed Snowstorm. Comprising an intricate design of motors, propellers and inflated landing gear set within a hexagonal frame, Snowstorm is an electric-powered aircraft capable of vertical take-off and landing that can be controlled by a single person seated within it.

Solar Helicopter

Battery-powered multi-copters are used for a variety of applications ranging from surveillance to recreation. However, the finite energy batteries require the multi-copters to be recharged frequently. The NUS Solar Helicopter team is building a fully solar-powered multi-copter drone to enable superior flight time, operating range and utility.


The Last Mile Solution

Last-mile refers to the distance between transportation nodes which is not covered by public transportation. The team is developing an alternate and viable personal mobility device to traverse the last-mile. The product is catered to general commuters as an alternate to existing personal mobility devices such as bicycles and electric scooters.

Wing-In-Ground Craft

This project aims to develop an aerodynamic model of a large capacity wing-in-ground effect (WIG) craft that is efficient and capable of sustained flight. The aerodynamic model is evaluated based on its lift-to-drag ratio, duration of flight, take-off and landing capability and stability. Scaled down prototype of the WIG craft has been fabricated and tested. Computational fluid dynamics simulations are further used to study the ground effect.

Hybrid Vehicle

Electric engine systems are useful in overcoming the efficiency constraints of internal combustion engines. However, the current electric engine systems fall short on consumer expectations of reliability, low maintenance costs and energy use. This project aims to increase the efficiency of propulsion system and energy recovery in hybrid electric vehicles. The team is developing a split-axle hybrid system to provide higher energy efficiency while ensuring low complexity in assembly.