First of all, teams choose whether to design a Prototype or an Urban Concept car.
Teams have a choice of energy types, engines or motors to power their car reflecting the real world need for a mosaic of energy options to power transport. Teams will need to innovate new ways to use the least amount of their chosen energy category, providing an opportunity for students to work with traditional fuels that we commonly see on our road today, such as gasoline, and newer energies such as hydrogen that some countries are seeing more of. The current energy categories are:
During the design and build process, there are a number of milestones teams must hit before they are eligible to compete at an event. Spaces are limited and competition is fierce so it is crucial that teams read the Official Rules, Chapter I thoroughly to get through each stage.
Teams who make it to their Shell Eco-marathon competition have one final hurdle before they can get on track to compete: Technical Inspection. Here, the Shell Eco-marathon Technical Team probes critical aspects of each vehicle at individual stations, while inspecting safety features and adherence to the Shell Eco-marathon Official Rules
The stakes are high for teams – they won’t be allowed on track without passing Technical Inspection, and for some teams, the results of Technical Inspection can also mean pass or fail for their university courses.
There’s only one thing left to do once teams have designed their cars and passed the Technical Inspection: put the vehicles to the test on the track at a Shell Eco-marathon event.