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Shell Eco-marathon: Brilliant minds coming together to help build a lower carbon world.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global academic programme focused on energy optimisation and one of the world’s leading student engineering competitions. Over the past 35 years, the programme has consistently brought to life Shell’s mission of powering progress by providing more and cleaner energy solutions. The global academic programme brings together Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students from across the globe to design, build and operate some of the world’s most energy-efficient vehicles. All in the name of collaboration and innovation, as students’ bright ideas help to shape a lower carbon future for all.

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Interested in taking part? Read on to find all the information you need to know about Shell Eco-marathon, read the global rules and sign up for the 2022 Season by November 10, 2021.

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Title: Shell Eco-Marathon MASTER (yellow) Graded 1

Duration: 2:28 minutes

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Showcasing the Shell Eco-marathon, a student engineering competition focused on providing a platform for innovation with the goal of producing greater energy efficiencies in Shell’s journey towards a lower carbon energy future.

Shell Eco-Marathon MASTER (yellow) Graded 1 Transcript

[Background music plays]

The Sound of Shell adaptations.

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Text transitions into frame, displayed against a white and yellow background. A red dot is used in all instances of the letter “i” and this continues throughout the video clip. In lower frame left, a black and white archival still shot shows two men standing next to a vintage car. Graphical devices appear and animate in upper frame-centre, showing a lightbulb line drawing with lines radiating out from the top of the bulb.

[Audio]

Electronic beeping sounds. Whoosh sounds accompany slide transitions throughout the video.

[Text displays]

80 years ago, two Shell employees had an idea

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Slide transition to text displayed against a white background. Graphical devices appear and animate onscreen, with dashed yellow lines moving from upper to lower frame, denoting road markings. A car icon displays below the text.

[Audio]

Engine starting, tyres squealing.

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How far could they travel on one gallon of fuel?

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Slide transition to text displayed against a yellow background.

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That simple idea grew into an annual challenge

[Animated sequence]

Slide transition to text displayed against a white background. In lower frame, a black and white archival still shot shows a driver in the cockpit of an Eco-marathon vehicle.

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In 1985 it officially became Shell Eco-marathon

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Slide transition to text displayed against a yellow background. In upper frame, black and white archival footage shows an Eco-marathon vehicle entering at frame-left and crossing to exit at frame-right.

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Crowd cheering.

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The current world record is 8,870 mpg (US)

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Slide transition to text displayed against a white background. Graphical devices appear and animate onscreen, showing icons of iconic buildings at upper frame-left and lower frame-right, Big Ben in London and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, with a snaking yellow line connecting the two cities.

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The equivalent of London to Shanghai

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Welcome to Shell Eco-marathon

Interview with Norman Koch

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General Manager Shell Eco-marathon

[Norman Koch]

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s leading student engineering competitions for energy efficiencies. Students from all over the world come here to design, build and test drive the world’s most fuel efficient vehicles.

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We begin on a close-up of the green starting flag being waved at the race circuit. We then see shots of two different Shell Eco-marathon vehicles on the track. We cut to talking head footage of Norman Koch, seen against the background of the racetrack. This is followed by a video montage of Shell Eco-marathon scenes, including drivers, cars, the race circuit and various Eco-marathon teams.

Interview with Dean Aragon

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CEO Shell Brands International & VP Brand

[Dean Aragon]

The Shell Eco-marathon is where we challenge bright young minds to crack the future of mobility.

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Bright Young Minds

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Successive text together with a lightbulb icon displays over close-up footage of a team member working on an engine.

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Talking head footage of Dean Aragon, seen against the background of the racetrack.

[Dean Aragon]

Where we can all bring the best of the best together.

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Brilliant minds coming together to build a lower carbon world.

[Video footage]

We are again showed a video montage of Shell Eco-marathon scenes, including drivers, cars, the race circuit and various Eco-marathon teams.

[Video footage and animated sequence]

Text along with an animated burst of radiating white lines and bubbles displays over footage of an Eco-marathon vehicle racing on the track.

Interview with John Abbott

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Shell Downstream Director 2013 - 2020

[John Abbott]

It’s a great opportunity for us to explore ideas.

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Explore ideas

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Talking head footage of John Abbot, seen against the background of the racetrack, followed by front-view footage of team members in the garage, carrying the body of an Eco-marathon vehicle.

Interview with Dean Aragon continued

[Dean Aragon]

This is a genuine desire to collaborate with some of the world’s best thinkers in this space. We want to be challenged.

[Video footage]

Talking head footage of Dean Aragon, seen against the background of the racetrack, followed by a video montage of Shell Eco-marathon scenes, including drivers, cars, the race circuit and various Eco-marathon teams.

[Audio]

Crowd clapping.

Interview with Norman Koch continued

[Norman Koch]

Just walking through the paddock, seeing 150 teams working on such varied technical solutions like…

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Crowd cheering.

[Video footage]

Next, we zoom in to panning aerial footage of cars lined up on the Shell Eco-marathon race track, followed by a close-up of the start lights as they change from red to green. We see a rapid series of aerial shots of Shell Eco-marathon vehicles on the track. We transition to talking head footage of Norman Koch, seen against the background of the racetrack. Next, we see a group shot of the cheering teams standing behind their parked Eco-marathon vehicles, flying their respective countries’ flags. We see a driver in close-up in his cockpit, pulling his helmet’s visor down in readiness to race. Medium angle footage shows a team surrounding their vehicle as they work on it. We see close-up footage of a spinning wheel, team members working in the background.

[Norman Koch]

Ultra-efficient gasoline engines, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles or battery electric cars gives us a glimpse of what the future is looking like.

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Ultra-efficient gasoline engines

Hydrogen fuel cell

Battery Electric Cars

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Successive text displays on-screen over a video montage of teams working on their vehicles, of the gasoline, hydrogen and battery systems powering their cars, as well as of vehicles on the racetrack and of drivers waving and giving thumbs up signals from the cockpits of their vehicles, as well as of another driver running towards, high-fiving and hugging a teammate.

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10,000 students

700 universities

From 52 countries

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A grid of screens fills the frame, displaying miscellaneous footage of Eco-marathon vehicles, teams, drivers, spectators, etc. The footage displayed in the screens changes each time new text displays over the screens.

Interview with Gretchen Watkins

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Shell US Country Chair

[Gretchen Watkins]

These are the students that are going to be the designers, the builders, the creators of tomorrow.

[Text displays]

Designers Builders Creators

[Split-screen footage]

The frame splits into two. In frame-left, we see aerial footage of the Eco-marathon vehicles lined up on the track. In frame-right, we see talking head footage of Gretchen Watkins.

[Video footage]

Video montage shows various drivers, teams and vehicles in turn.

[Text displays]

Held across 4 continents and 9 locations

[Audio]

Electronic beeping.

[Animated sequence]

Slide transition to lines of text successively moving up into frame, displayed against a blue background with a grid pattern of energy-related icons linked by a criss-crossing network of broken white lines.

[Text displays]

USA

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Bird’s eye view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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Brazil

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Bird's eye view of the statue of Christ the Redeemer overlooking the city of Rio de Janeiro.

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UK

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Time-lapse footage of City Hall, London, with Tower Bridge in the background.

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Malaysia

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Bird's eye view of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with the city in the background.

[Text displays]

China

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Bird’s eye view of the Shanghai financial district with the Huangpu river in the foreground.

Interview with Norman Koch continued

[Norman Koch]

They really push the boundaries of how we use energy.

[Text displays]

Push the boundaries

[Video footage]

Text transitions into frame, displayed over footage of Eco-marathon vehicles passing on the race track.

Interview with John Abbott continued

[John Abbott]

What I would really like to see is that some of these ideas develop into commercial opportunities. So turning innovation into action.

[Text displays]

Innovation

Action

[Video footage]

We see a video montage of Shell Eco-marathon race scenes, showing drivers and vehicles on the track as well as teams on the side-lines and working in the background. Successive text displays over talking head footage of John Abbot, seen against the background of the race circuit.

[Video footage]

We see low-angle footage from the centre of a team huddle of chanting team members. Close-up footage shows spectators doing a Mexican wave at the racetrack and cheering. Medium angle footage shows a team standing around their vehicle, arms raised in victory.

Interview with Dean Aragon continued

[Dean Aragon]

Our vision is to make sure that the Shell Eco-marathon becomes the biggest platform for innovations on the future of energy of a lower carbon energy future.

[Video footage]

Innovations

[Video footage]

We see a video montage of various Shell Eco-marathon vehicles on the race track interspersed with shots of the drivers posing beside their vehicles, a team pushing a vehicle at the circuit, and a team celebrating onstage while confetti rains down.

[Dean Aragon]

If that doesn’t inspire us, I don’t know what will.

[Video footage]

Talking head footage of Dean Aragon seen against the background of the race circuit.

[Video footage]

We see two successive group shots, taken from different angles, of Eco-Marathon teams cheering and celebrating on stage. Finally, we see aerial footage of the Shell Eco-marathon vehicles and teams on the skid pan at Mercedes-Benz World which, at its centre, is branded with a Shell Pecten and “#MakeTheFuture” painted wording.

[Audio]

Crowd cheering sounds.

[Audio]

Shell brand mnemonic played on keys.

[Graphic]

Shell Pecten centred over aerial footage of the racetrack with text displaying below.

[Text displays]

#MakeTheFuture

© Shell International Limited 2020

A rich history of innovation and inspiration

The competition dates back to 1939, when Bob Greenshields, Shell’s Research Director, made a friendly wager with his colleagues to see who could get the best fuel economy from road cars adapted to maximise energy efficiency. Bob achieved 49 MPG, setting a record and creating a legacy that has lasted the distance.

Shell Eco-marathon officially launched in 1985, when 25 teams gathered in France to pit their wooden vehicles against one another in a format that laid the foundations for the competition we now know and love.

The track competition has come a long way since then and today’s teams can choose from an array of energy options, from battery electric to hydrogen fuel cell, using different materials, from advanced carbon fibre to bamboo. In 2020 and 2021 with the cancellation of live events, Shell Eco-marathon made the transition to a virtual programme, resulting in great achievements over several odds. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide STEM students with a platform to collaborate and learn, to help shape a lower carbon world.

To date, more than 100,000 students from hundreds of universities in over 60 countries have participated and the legacy of Shell Eco-marathon is clear to see. Meet the teams from previous seasons and read their inspirational stories with real-world impact on the STEM global community.

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