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Reimagining the Car of the Future

Future Rider: a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge kickstarted the 2022 Virtual League. STEM students from around the world took inspiration from K.I.T.T., the iconic car from NBC’s Knight Rider, to create the next car of the future.

Check out the winning teams below and catch up on this incredible journey, including Colin’s challenge, Dashboard Chats and student team highlights!

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Celebrating Future Rider: a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge

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Video explanation of the Shell Future Rider Challenge.

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Futuristic synthesizer music, the theme to NBC's 1980’s hit TV series Knight Rider.

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We see a montage of a futuristic car driving on an open road.

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Hello world. This is K.I.T.T., the car of the future from the 1980’s hit TV series, Knight Rider.

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Montage of students talking both in person and virtually, and we see their designs on paper.

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Today, I’ve inspired STEM students from around the globe to create the next car of the future in Future Rider, a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge.

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FUTURE RIDER

A SHELL ECO-MARATHON CHALLENGE

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The car is seen driving on roads. Montage of car details, including wheels.

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Their mission was to explore new efficient designs, smarter energy sources, innovative powertrains and connectivity systems.

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Students shown presenting their ideas.

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They met these specifications with great passion.

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Shows one student who says:

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Future Rider inspired us to rethink the way we imagine the technologies of the future.

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Montage of car details, including fan system and solar panel.

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While students developed ideas, inventor Colin Furze helped spark their imaginations.

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A Montage of Colin Furze and his inventions. Colin lifts his hands speaking authoritatively as we pan across the vehicle.

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Will it be full-on hydrogen? Will it be powered by batteries? Will it be biofuel? Will it be a bazillion buttons?

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He even reimagined a different type of iconic vehicle.

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Colin Furze drives into the shot on a lawn mower and says:

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Ze lawnmower! The power of the sun, harnessed and charges this little bad boy in between grass cuts.

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A montage of a car on an open road.

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Colin and I also joined with car enthusiasts Rich Benoit and Garima Avtar to support teams with our own visions.

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Photo and video montage of Rich Benoit and Garima Avtar.

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Rich Benoit talks to camera:

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In the future, I don’t think everyone’s going to own a car.

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Garima Avtar talks to the camera:

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The vehicles would talk to each other.

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A close up of K.I.T.T.'s (the car) voice modulator is seen blinking as it speaks.

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I’ve waited a long time to chat with other cars.

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Colin is seen on a video call with Rich Benoit saying:

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Oh, here we go.

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Colin and Rich laugh on the video call.

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Montage of car designs, including 360 views, a look inside the car and the car in space.

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Now, having seen innovative concepts and brilliant designs from the best and brightest young minds, I must say, as the car of the future, the future is looking better than even I imagined.

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FUTURE RIDER

A SHELL ECO-MARATHON CHALLENGE

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K.I.T.T. is seen from behind as it drives away on an open road.

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#MakeTheFuture

© Shell International 2021

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The Winning Teams
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STEM students from around the world designed cars of the future equipped with cutting-edge features. The judges allocated their scores, and the public voted for their favourite teams – now go check out the winners!

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Future Rider: A Shell Eco-marathon Challenge Explained

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Duration 01:35

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Video explanation of the Shell Future Rider Challenge.

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Futuristic synthesizer music, the theme to NBC's 1980s hit TV series Knight Rider.

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We see a montage of a futuristic car driving on an open road then a city, it drives and screeches to a halt in a modern indoor space. Colin Furze steps out of the car and cheerfully exclaims:

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It’s K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider!

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A close-up of K.I.T.T.'s dashboard is seen with lights and a rotating wireframe of the vehicle.

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My reputation precedes me.

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You were the car of the future…

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A side shot of the vehicle is seen with Colin at the left front door.

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…at least in your day.

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A close up of K.I.T.T.'s (the car) voice modulator is seen blinking as it speaks.

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Colin, what are you insinuating?

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Colin is seen outside the left front door speaking to K.I.T.T.

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I'm just saying. Today's car of the future might be, you know…

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Colin is seen inside the car

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… a little different without all this.

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Colin presses a button on K.I.T.T.'s dashboard.

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Colin, please.

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Colin raises hands defensively

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Whoa!

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Alert warning with “Enthusiastic Male” on wire diagram of Colin is seen on the car’s dashboard display.

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According to my specifications, I'm the fastest, safest, strongest car in the world.

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Side shot of Colin seated inside the car on the left speaking to the car.

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Now, love that about you mate! But new ideas are already in the works with a new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge, Future Rider!

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K.I.T.T.'s dashboard lights are seen blinking as it speaks.

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What are the terms of this challenge, Colin?

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Colin is seen through the windscreen inside the car on the left side.

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It's simple: just design the car of the future again!

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K.I.T.T.'s dashboard lights are seen blinking as it speaks.

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Interesting.

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Wide shot of K.I.T.T. from front with Colin speaking to the car from the left.

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And you’re the inspiration for teams of STEM students around the globe working on it right now!

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Colin lifting hands speaking authoritatively as we pan across the vehicle.

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Will it be full-on hydrogen? Will it be powered by batteries? Will it be biofuel? Will it be a bazillion buttons?

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Colin is seen from inside the car opening the front right door.

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There are loads of possibilities.

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K.I.T.T.'s dashboard lights are seen blinking as it speaks.

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Shall I calculate them?

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Colin is seen from inside the car outside the front right door.

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No, but your early technologies and intelligence can inspire them.

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K.I.T.T.'s dashboard lights are seen blinking as it speaks.

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A turbo boost for the imagination.

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Wide shot of K.I.T.T. with Colin standing by the left front door.

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Exactly! And the public will be able to choose from one of these brilliant designs and these fantastic students can join me as I talk to industry experts about the future of mobility.

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K.I.T.T.'s dashboard lights are seen blinking as it speaks.

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Will this be on television, Colin?

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Colin close up from side.

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No, K.I.T.T.

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Wide shot of K.I.T.T. with Colin standing outside the left front door.

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Just visit this website and follow the hashtag #ShellEcoMarathon for all the details.

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Makethefuture.shell/FutureRider #ShellEcoMarathon

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Colin presses K.I.T.T.'s power button and it starts, Colin whoops with joy.

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Woo-hoo!

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FUTURE RIDER

A SHELL ECO-MARATHON CHALLENGE

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K.I.T.T. is seen from behind as it drives away on an open road.

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Colin, what is a hashtag?

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#MakeTheFuture

© Shell International 2021

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Colin’s Challenge and Chats
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Inspired by Shell Eco-marathon teams, Colin Furze tackled his own challenge and discussed the future of mobility in Dashboard Chats.

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Altair is supporting students in Future Rider, the new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge by hosting a Virtual Learning Session to demonstrate the Altair tools available to design and present team ideas in 3D as well as helping them design their Shell Eco-marathon vehicle. Additionally, Altair will be joining the judging panel for the competition.

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Google is supporting students in Future Rider, the new Shell Eco-marathon Challenge delivering a Virtual Learning Session where they will share what Google thinks about cars of the future and the automotive space. Additionally, Google will be joining the judging panel for the competition.

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