At the heart of this competition lies an age-old problem that, if solved, will have long-lasting implications for us all: how can we travel using as little energy as possible? Tasked with creating a vehicle that can test this theory, students embark on a journey that will push their design, technology and engineering skills to the limit, through virtual challenges, and on-track competitions. The current record for gasoline-powered Prototype vehicles is 3,771 km on one litre of fuel – that’s the equivalent of driving from London to Rome and back!
Here are five things you need to know about Shell Eco-marathon.
innovation engineering excellence this
is shell eco-marathon and here are five
things you need to know about one of the
world's leading energy efficiency
competition 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 hi
we're University College London
we're from four different years twelve
different countries and we've got one
car we RDM AGL fuel fighter coming all
the way from turin I'm in Norway and
have traveled all the way to England to
compete against 200 others teams to make
the most energy efficient car in the
world prototypes they break records year
after year our aerodynamically advanced
and a design to be as efficient as
urban concepts now these Road worthy
cars have to look feel and drive like
normal cars just like prototypes they
still have to use as little energy as
the teams can pick one of three energy
categories internal combustion engines
that's gasoline diesel ethanol etc
battery electrics or hydrogen fuel cell
whichever category you go for there are
advantages and disadvantages it's a case
of fail to prepare prepare to fail after
days weeks months of preparation for the
teams have to win their cars here the
tech inspection for more than a hundred
tests they have to pass every single one
the pressure is intense
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1. What is the goal of Shell Eco-marathon?
The programme is designed for the world’s best and brightest science, technology, engineering and maths high school and university students to pit their wits against one another by designing the most energy-efficient vehicles they can.
2. Who are the teams?
Hundreds of teams from over 50 countries across three regions from around the world have taken part to put their theories into action whether it's through exciting virtual challenges or traditional mileage competitions on track; these teams are the heart and soul of the programme. Many participating schools and universities include it in their curriculum; with some students focusing their dissertation or thesis on their Shell Eco-marathon project. Meet some of the teams who have had success both on and off the track over the last few years.
3. What about the cars?
There are two vehicle classes in Shell Eco-marathon: Prototype and Urban Concept.
Prototype: This vehicle type has the potential to reach record breaking energy efficiency in this category. Working within the rules, teams will consider size and weight, and how to make it as streamlined and aerodynamic as possible.
Urban Concept: Designed for teams to consider city driving, these cars are closer to passenger cars in appearance. They must be built to consider human needs such as driver comfort and space for luggage, and to more road-worth specifications including four wheels and a windscreen wiper. It’s a challenge for teams to create maximum energy efficiency with these added mandatory elements included.
4. What energy categories can the teams choose?
There are multiple energy categories available to power the team's cars, reflecting the real world need for a mosaic of energy options to power transport. The current energy categories are:
5. What is the Technical Inspection?
Building an energy-efficient vehicle is only half the battle. Teams must also complete several design phases. Technical inspection is the final milestone before gaining access to the track. Here, the Shell Eco-marathon Technical Team probes critical aspects of each vehicle 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.
In 2023, Shell Eco-marathon is back with the regional competitions, a world championship, and local competitions planned in Brazil and China. To find out more about the new season, our partners, and how to get involved, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon home page.