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On Monday, April 12, 2021, the Americas Off-Track Awards winners were announced LIVE on YouTube.

In this second regional virtual show for 2021 host Norman Koch, Global General Manager Shell Eco-marathon, returned alongside select judges, partners and special guests, including: Shell-Pennzoil NASCAR Driver, Joey Logano to announce the winners and runner-up teams.

What a great year for the Americas region! We received almost 100 submissions from 35 teams in seven countries, which was up by a third compared to 2020. The two new categories; the Data and Telemetry Award and the Simulate to Innovate Award, proved very popular. However, the firm favourite was the Communications Award, receiving the highest number of submissions from our Americas teams for a second year running.

Competition as ever was fierce, and our judges had a tough time deliberating over submissions. After building shortlists of the best teams, our panel used scorecards and decided by mutual agreement on the winners and runners-up who receive $1,500 and $750 in prize money respectively, plus Virtual League points.

Scroll down for the full list of 2021 Americas Off-Track Award winning and runner-up teams.

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Title: Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Off-Track Awards – Americas Final
Duration: 16:43
Description: Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Off-Track Awards – Americas Final video

[GFX sting with music]
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon – Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions to Norman, full frame.

[Text displays]
#MakeTheFuture appears in top right corner, before changing to #ShellEcoMarathon

SHELL ECO-MARATHON scrolls vertically on left-hand side of screen, while AWARDS scrolls on right-hand side.

Norman:
Hello everyone, and welcome to the winner ceremony…

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Norman Koch – Shell Eco-marathon Global General Manager.

Norman:
… for the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Off-track Awards 2021.

COVID-19 has meant it’s been another very different year for our competition, but I am impressed by how you have all risen to the challenge and achieved really great things. And today, we want to celebrate those amazing innovations that you have all shown in your submissions to the Off-track awards that are all deserving of an awards ceremony.

Many of you are joining us today from the Americas region today. It’s so great to have you with us!

[Video footage]
Split screens of competition entrants appear in front of Norman like a hologram.

Norman:
Also, as you know, we have two brand new categories in this year’s awards – simulate to innovate and data and telemetry.

[Text displays]
SIMULATE TO INNOVATE and DATA TELEMETRY graphics appear top left and top right, respectively, as Norman points into each corner.

Norman:
That means a total of seven awards in today’s ceremony. And here’s the prize money you could win.

[Text displays]
RUNNER-UP $750
WINNER $1500

Norman:
We’ll be announcing the runner-up and then the winner for each award. Plus, we’ve got a very special guest joining us today.

[Video displays]
Holographic screen appears in front of Norman featuring footage of Joey Logano.

[Video displays]
Cut to montage of Joey, full frame.

[Video displays]
Transition to Joey, full frame.

Joey:
It’s great to be here, Norman.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Oliver Rowland – Nissan e.dams Formula E Driver.

Joey:
What an incredible year, and congratulations to everyone involved in Shell Eco Marathon Americas Off-track awards. What a unique year to say the least. That one had new challenges… no matter what industry you’re in, but honestly through these challenges that you guys had building your cards, the ideas have to change, the teamwork has to change as we’re not around each other as much as we’re used to. Amazing to the say the least, and way to fight through adversity. So congratulations to everybody, and back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cut back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks, Joey! Look forward to catching up with you again later.

And here to tell us why teams were shortlisted and who the winners are, we are joined by our prestigious panel of award announcers.

[Video footage]
Norman drags holographic screens of awards announces into frame.

Norman:
So, without further ado, let’s get things under way with our first award.

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COMMUNICATIONS AWARD
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
This award focuses on a team’s ability to run the most impactful and successful integrated communications campaign on their Shell Eco-marathon project. To reveal the winners, I’m now going to connect to my Shell colleague Brian Malnak.

[Video footage]
Norman drags holographic screen of Brian into frame.

Norman:
Hello Brian, great to have you with us…

[Video footage]
Cut to Brian, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Brian Malnak – Shell Vice President Government Relations Americas

Brian:
Hi Norman, great to be with you this year. This year’s tournament really shows that great communications and great teamwork really makes a difference, and they go hand-in-hand together.

Our runner-up really demonstrated that ingenuity and persistence make a difference. They set the main objectives, they attracted sponsors, they broadened their social media presence… really had a well-designed and executed strategy. I think that really made the difference for this team this year.

So therefore, the runner-up this year for the Americas communications awards goes to…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of runner-up’s name, as well as a clip of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
KON Team
UTEC
Peru
Peruvian flag

Brian voiceover:
KON Team, UTEC. Congratulations KON Team. Well done.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Brian, full frame.

Brian:
Now onto our winners. This year’s winners really impressed the judges with the creative and strategic approach they took. Their innovative content really highlighted team diversity and brilliantly showcased the Shell Eco-marathon.

So this year’s winners for the communications award goes to…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as image of team members.

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Miztli Eco-racing
UNAM
Mexico
Mexican flag

Brian voicover:
Miztli team, from UNAM. Great job! Well done.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Brian full frame.

Brian:
Back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cut back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks very much, Brian. And here’s a closer look at the wining submission from Miztli Eco-racing.

[Video footage]
Screens featuring Miztli Eco-racing’s submission appear around Norman.

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VEHICLE DESIGN PROTOTYPE AWARD
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
This award recognises innovative design research in Shell Eco-marathon prototype vehicles. I’m now joined by Shell colleague Gilles Vanier.

[Video footage]
Norman drags screen featuring Gilles into frame.

Norman:
Hello Gilles It’s great to have you with us. Can you please reveal who the winners are?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Gilles, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Gilles Vanier – Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.

Gilles:
Hi Norman, it’s great to be joining you! The competition in this category was
fierce but now it’s time to reveal our runner up... This team really impressed the judges with
their sleek design, ergonomics and problem solving.

The runner up for this year’s
Americas Vehicle Design Award for Prototype vehicles is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as image of team members.

[GFX Text displays]
MeckMack
Mackenzie
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Gilles voiceover:
MeckMack, from Mackenzie. Amazing, MeckMack.

Which leads me to reveal the winning team.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Gilles, full frame.

Gilles:
This team submitted a very thorough report - including an excellent description of their carbon and water footprint. They also produced a well-manufactured prototype. The winner of this year’s Americas Vehicle Design Award for Prototype vehicles is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as video clip of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
KON Team
UTEC
Peru
Peruvian flag

Gilles voiceover:
KON Team, from UTEC.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Gilles, full frame.

Gilles:
Huge congratulations, KON Team. And back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks Gilles. And well done, KON Team, runners-up in today’s communications award and now winners of our design award for prototype vehicles. And here’s a closer look at their innovative ideas.

[Video footage]
Images of team’s designs appear around Norman.

Norman:
And we have more winners to come.

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VEHICLE DESIGN URBAN CONCEPT AWARD
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
This award recognises innovative design research in Shell Eco-marathon urban concept vehicles and is presented by my Shell colleague Denita McKnight.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Denita screen into frame.

Norman:
Hi Denita, can you tell us what impressed the jury most about this year’s winners, and who they are?

[Video footage]
Cut to Denita, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Denita McKnight – Vice President External Relations, Shell Canada.

Denita:
Hi Norman, it’s great to be joining you. I have to say the high standard of
submissions this year has really impressed the judging panel.

The runner-up team’s vehicle included redesigned components that enhanced the
structural integrity and increased efficiency. Analysis performed on the design ensured
safety and improved performance.

The runner-up for this year’s Americas Vehicle Design Award for Urban Concept vehicles is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of runner up’s name, as well as video clip of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
University of Alberta EcoCar
University of Alberta
Canada
Canadian flag

Denita voiceover:
University of Alberta EcoCar, from The University of Alberta.

Go Canada! I’m so excited to be able to a recognise a Canadian university and actually my former university.

[Video footage]
Transitions backs to Denita, full frame.

Denita:
Great work, University of Alberta EcoCar!

And now we find out out who the winning team is. Their vehicle design focuses on light weight
aerodynamics as well as driver comfort. They also designed an innovative system to
maximise fuel efficiency. The winner of this year’s Americas Vehicle Design Award for
Urban Concept vehicles is...

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as an image of the team members.

[GFX Text displays]
Hydrogen Fighting Tigers
Louisa State University
USA
American flag

Denita voiceover:
The Hydrogen Fighting Tigers from Louisa State University. Big congratulations to Hydrogen Fighting Tigers, Norman.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Denita, full frame.

Denita:
It’s so impressive to see such innovative designs coming from all the Eco-marathon teams.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Yes, it has been a really great year. Thanks, Denita!

And here’s a closer look at Hydrogen Fighting Tiger’s winning submission. Really great stuff.

[Video footage]
Images of the team’s submission appear around Norman.

Norman:
Okay, on with our next award.

[GFX Sting]
TECHNICAL INNOVATION AWARD
Sponsored by Southwest Research Institute
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
The Technical Innovation Award is sponsored by Southwest Research Institute and recognises outstanding technical ingenuity. And to present it, we have Rebecca Warden from Southwest Research on the line.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Rebecca’s screen into frame.

Norman:
Hi Rebecca. Can you tell us the judges’ final decision in this category?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Rebecca, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Rebecca Warden – SwRI Manager Fleet and Driveline Fluid Evaluations Section

Rebecca:
Hi Norman, great to be joining you today… Our runner-up team devised a solution that reduced friction in their axle design representing state-of-the-art research and showing real-world relevance.

The runner up for this year’s Americas Technical Innovation award is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as clip of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
E4 UFSC
UFSC Florianópolis
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Rebecca voiceover:
E4 UFSC, from UFSC Florianópolis. Impressive work, E4 UFSC!


[Video footage]
Transitions back to Rebecca, full frame.

Rebecca:
But who are our winners?

Well, the winning team developed a compact hydraulic braking system that reduced
aerodynamic drag, while also being a safe solution with fewer moving parts.

The winner of this year’s Americas Technical Innovation award is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as image of team members.

[GFX Text displays]
Cedarville Supermileage
Cedarville University
USA
American flag

Rebecca:
Cedarville Supermileage, from Cedarville University. Big congratulations to Cedarville Supermileage from everyone at Soutwest Research.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Rebecca, full frame.

Rebecca:
Back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks, Rebecca. Great to see you. And congratulations to Cedarville Supermileage. And here’s a sample of work from their winning submission. Very well done.

[Video footage]
Images of the team’s submission appear around Norman.

[GFX sting]
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions backs to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
We have three more awards still to come, but before that, we heard from him earlier, and he’s watching along with you today. He’s none other than Joey Logano.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Joey’s screen into frame.

Norman:
Joey, how are you enjoying the show?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Joey, full frame.

Joey:
I am having a blast watching this. It’s incredible, it’s inspiring to watch these ideas and how they make these dreams come to life. It takes a lot of work, and I think everyone probably doesn’t think about that as much, but the effort that everyone’s had to put in to make these dreams come alive is very, very hard. So I’m having a lot of fun watching, and I tell you what, I can’t wait to see who the next winners are.

[Video footage}
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Me neither. Thanks, Joey.

So, let’s keep those awards coming.

[GFX sting]
SIMULATE TO INNOVATE AWARD
Sponsored by Altair
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Noman, full fame.

Norman:
Time now for one of this year’s two new awards. And this one recognises the best use of computer-aided engineering, simulation and optimisation in vehicle design. To reveal the winners, we welcome back Mak GIlbert from Altair - for a second year running…

[Video footage]
Norman drags Mak’s screen into frame.

Norman:
Hi Mak. Can you tell us who will be the first-ever recipient of this award?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Mak, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Mak Gilbert – Altair Chief Engineer West.

Mak:
“Hi Norman. It’s great to be back and presenting this brand new award! The runner-up team produced excellent simulation work to improve wheel aerodynamics and reduce
the steering system weight.

The runner-up for this year’s Americas Simulate to Innovate Award is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as video of team members celebrating

[GFX Text displays]
Ecocar Unicamp
UNICAMP
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Mak voiceover:
Ecocar UNICAMP, from UNICAMP. Great work, Ecocar UNICAMP!

And now, on to our winners…

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Mak, full frame.

Mak:
This team wowed the judges with their engaging report. They executed a sound simulation plan to find improved designs and their work to refine the aerodynamics of the entire vehicle shell was impressive.

This year’s Americas Simulate to Innovate Award goes to…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of runner-up’s name, as well as a clip of team members lifting a trophy.

[GFX Text displays]
Milhas Gerais
UFSJ
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Mak voiceover:
Milhas Gerais, from UFSJ. Huge congratulations to the winning team from me and everyone at Altair.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Mak, full frame.

Mak:
Norman, we are so impressed at the incredible innovation showcased by all of this year’s Shell Eco-marathon teams.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Yes, indeed. The standard has been very high. Thanks, Mak! And congratulations, Milhas Gerais, our first-ever Americas winners of the Simulate to Innovate award.

Let’s see some of the highlights from their impressive submission.

[Video footage]
Images of the team’s submission appear around Norman.

Norman:
And there are more winners to come.

[Video footage]
[GFX sting]
SAFETY AWARD
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
We’ve reached our penultimate award, one that aims to highlight the importance of safety and design and behaviour in Shell Eco-marathon. Now, we are joined by my colleague from Shell Sydney Kimball.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Sydney’s screen into frame.

Norman:
Welcome to the show, Sydney. Can you please reveal who our winners are?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Sydney, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Sydney Kimball – Shell Vice President Fuels Sales and Marketing – Americas.

Sydney:
Hi Norman. The team chosen as runner-up for this year’s award impressed the judges immensely. They did so with their process-driven approach, systematic view and clear logic, while also being mindful of local regulations and personal responsibility.

The runner-up from this year’s Americas safety award is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as image of team members.

[GFX Text displays]
Pato a Jato
UTFPR Pato Branco
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Sydney voiceover:
Pato a Jato, fron UTFPR. Well done, Pata a Jato!

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Synder, full frame.

Sydney:
And now it’s time to reveal who the winning team is.

This team really, really impressed the judges by demonstrating a very robust safety culture. This included adapting to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as general behaviour, ways of working and innovative design.

The winner of this year’s safety award is…

[Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as an image of the team members.

[GFX Text displays]
Cornell Electric vehicles
Cornell University
USA
American flag

Sydney voiceover:
Cornell Electric Vehicles, from Cornell University. Huge congratulations to Cornell Electric Vehicles! Woo!

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Sydney, full frame.

Sydney:
Norman, it’s great to see how our Shell Eco-marathon teams really internalise and think about safety.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
It really is. Thanks for joining us Sydney.

And here’s a sample of the award-winning work submitted by Cornell Electric Vehicles.

[Video footage]
Images of the team’s submission appear around Norman.


[GFX sting]
DATA AND TELEMETRY
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Time now for our final award in today’s ceremony – the Data and Telemetry award. This prize recognises the conceptual design of how to use real-time vehicle data to improve the result in the milage challenge.

I’m now connecting to Cole Hudson from Southwest Research Institute.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Cole’s screen into frame.

Norman:
Hi Cole. Can you please reveal the first-ever Americas winner of this award?

[Video footage]
Cuts to Cole, full frame.

[Text displays]
Name strap appears for Cole Hudson – SwRI Fleet and Driveline Fluid Evaluations.

Cole:
Hi Norman. The runner up team in this category devised a clever system, incorporating efficient data collection, real-time vehicle telemetry and live data review and analysis.

The runner up for this year’s Americas Data and Telemetry Award is…

Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as an image of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
Cornell Electric vehicles
Cornell University
USA
American flag

Cole:
Cornell Electric Vehicles from Cornell University. So well done, Cornell Electric Vehicles.

Which leads me to reveal this year’s winner…

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Cole, full frame.

Cole:
This team really dazzled the judges with their smart use of track profiling, telemetry-driven simulations and real-time data to dynamically adapt to different race strategies and track conditions.

The winner of this year’s Americas Data and Telemetry Award is…

Video footage]
Transitions to GFX text of winner’s name, as well as a video of team members celebrating.

[GFX Text displays]
Ecocar UNICAMP
UNICAMP
Brazil
Brazilian flag

Cole voiceover:
Ecocar UNICAMP, from UNICAMP. A huge congratulations to team Ecocar UNICAMP from all of us at Southwest Research.

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Cole, full frame.

Cole:
I’m always really impressed by the creativity and the ingenuity of all Shell Eco-marathon teams. Now it’s back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norma, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks, Cole. Great to see you!

So, they were runner-up in the Simulate to Innovate Award and now they are winners of the Data and Telemetry Award.

Here’s a closer look at team Ecocar UNICAMP’s winning submission.

[Video footage]
Images of team’s winning submission appear around Norman.

[GFX sting]
OFF-TRACK AWARDS
Shell Eco-marathon - Virtual
AMERICAS

[Video footage]
Transitions back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
So, that’s it for our Americas off-track awards, though we have got time to return to our special guest – Joey Logano.

[Video footage]
Norman drags Joey’s screen into frame.

[Video footage]
Cuts to Joey, full frame.

Joey:
First off, awesome! Congratulations to everybody. Yeah, winning an award shows that you are, you know, the top level of what you do. So congratulations to everyone that’s won awards, everyone that’s put so much work in…

It’s challenging, right? There’s always new challenges. Every single day I know that’s the same for you. You don’t know what comes around the corner next, so I can’t wait for you guys to get back on track and see these things roll.

So once again congratulations to everybody. I hope everyone stays safe. Enjoy your time and we’ll see you soon.

Back to you, Norman.

[Video footage]
Cuts back to Norman, full frame.

Norman:
Thanks so much, Joey. And thanks also to all our brilliant award announcers.

[Video footage]
Norman drags the screens of all award announces into frame.

Norman:
Thanks for all your help and you see you soon!

Congratulations from me to the record number of teams involved this year, and of course a massive well done to all our winners. And here they all are.

[Video footage]
Norman drags the screens of the winners into frame.

Norman:
I’ve really been impressed with the quality and the number of submissions we’ve received.

[Text displays]
Instagram call to action for – @shell_ecomarathon.

Norman:
Don’t forget to take a celebration selfie, post it and tag us on Instagram.

Thank you very much for tuning in, and from everybody at Shell Eco-marathon, goodbye and stay safe!

[Video footage]
Cuts to screen of winners, full frame.

[GFX endboard]
#MakeTheFuture
#ShellEcoMarathon
© Shell International 2021

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Communications Award:
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Winner: Miztli Eco-racing, UNAM – Mexico 

Miztli Eco-racing Team impressed the judges with a creative, professional and strategic approach to their communications this season. The team’s social content was published based on channel and audience research, and the brand identity and consistency helped establish a team personality for greater trust, credibility and awareness externally. Innovative content highlighted team diversity and showcased Shell Eco-marathon very well!

Runner-up: KON Team, UTEC – Peru

KON Team’s communication efforts this season showed adaptability, ingenuity and persistence. As a newcomer to Shell Eco-marathon, this team of engineering students established a breadth of communication fundamentals, working with an existing team to learn about the program and adapting communication plans as required based on pandemic impacts in their region. KON Team set and met objectives to attract sponsors and broaden their social media audience, and their hard work showed that grassroots efforts, underpinned by strategy and resilience, can really pay off!

Lead Judge: Denita McKnight, Vice-President External Relations, Shell Canada

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Vehicle Design Award (Prototype):
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Winner: KON Team, UTEC – Peru

The judges felt that all the teams did a great job designing their prototypes. KON team from UTEC in Peru excelled in the documentation by describing the design for all subsystems, an excellent description of the carbon and water footprint as well a nicely manufactured prototype.

Runner-up: MecMack, Mackenzie – Brazil

MecMack from Mackenzie in Brazil was chosen as the runner-up due to their sleek design, impressive ergonomics and problem solving.

Lead Judge: Noreen Gilbertsen, Chief Engineer, Altair Engineering

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Vehicle Design Award (Urban Concept):
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Winner: Hydrogen Fighting Tigers, Louisiana State University – USA

Hydrogen Fighting Tigers from LSU are the winners of this award for their new hydrogen vehicle that utilizes a space frame chassis and composite components to focus on light weight aerodynamics as well as focus on driver comfort. A screen was utilized to show upcoming track notes and throttle/brake management commands for maximum fuel efficiency.

Runner-up: University of Alberta EcoCar, University of Alberta – Canada

The runner-up in this award is the University of Alberta EcoCar with their vehicle “Kate”. The vehicle included redesigned chassis components to improve the structural integrity, and a new powertrain to improve efficiency. Analysis was performed on the design to ensure safety and improved performance.

Lead Judge: Rebecca Warden, Manager Fleet and Driveline Fluid Evaluations Section, SwRI

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Technical Innovation Award, sponsored by Southwest Research Institute:
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Winner: Cedarville Supermileage, Cedarville University – USA

The winning team developed a compact system that enabled the use of hydraulic brakes packaged completely within the front wheel hubs for reduced aerodynamic drag. The system employed a square toroidal caliper to engage a circular brake pad with the front wheel spindle. Implementation of this solution resulted in a safe solution, with fewer moving parts.

Runner-up: E4 UFSC, UFSC Florianópolis – Brazil

The runner-up team employed Diamond-like Carbon and 2D turbostratic graphite lubrication for reduced friction in their axle design. Both solutions show real-world relevance and represent state-of-the art research.

Lead Judge: Matt Jackson, Director of Fuels and Driveline Lubricants Research, SwRI

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Simulate to Innovate Award, sponsored by Altair:
Content

Winner: Milhas Gerais, UFSJ – Brazil

Milhas Gerais created a very engaging report which identified two major factors to improve their vehicle’s performance and executed a sound simulation plan to find improved designs. The work to improve the aerodynamics of the entire vehicle shell is impressive.

Runner-up: Ecocar UNICAMP, UNICAMP – Brazil

EcoCar Unicamp produced excellent simulation work to improve wheel aerodynamics and reduce the steering system weight. The myriad difficulties in improving a complex steering system were well explained.

Lead Judge: Mak Gilbert, Chief Engineer – West, Altair

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Safety Award:
Content

Winner: Cornell Electric Vehicles, Cornell University – USA

An excellent and well laid out report demonstrating a very robust safety culture. The team described a very effective adaptation to the challenges COVID-19 presented as well as covering general behaviors, ways of working and innovative design.

Runner-up: Pato a Jato, UTFPR Pato Branco – Brazil

A nice presentation from Pato a Jato, documentation showing a clear logic, process driven with a systematic view. It was very good to see a close alignment with the local regulatory framework and a good implementation of personal responsibility.

Lead Judge: Kirsteen Meldrum, HSSE Manager ER, Shell

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Data and Telemetry Award, sponsored by Schmid Elektronik:
Content

Winner: Ecocar UNICAMP, UNICAMP – Brazil

A very smart combination of a three-dimensional track profile, telemetry driven simulations and the exchange of real-time data to dynamically adapt to different race strategies and track conditions.

Runner-up: Cornell Electric Vehicles, Cornell University – USA

A clever system that incorporates efficient data collection, real-time vehicle telemetry with online speed profile optimization, driver dashboarding and a web-based live data review and analysis platform.

Lead Judge: Joe Redfield, Shell Eco-marathon E-mobility Lead

In their new role as technology partner of the Shell Eco-marathon programme, Schmid Elektronik hosted the Data and Telemetry Webcast with the Data and Telemetry Team and empowered students to take part in this new award for 2021.

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