Driving energy efficiency

Shell Eco-marathon challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car they can. Three annual events – in Asia, the Americas and Europe – see teams attempting to travel furthest on one litre of fuel.

The competition inspires engineers of the future to turn their visions for more sustainable transport into reality. The teams design and build cars that use a variety of energy types, ranging from an internal combustion engine, to electric batteries and hydrogen.

After spending months designing and building their cars, the bright young engineers will challenge other teams on the track. Winning is about the right combination of energy source, streamlined design, lightweight materials and driving strategy.

In 2017, the competition saw 123 teams and over 1,000 students from 20 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East battle for ultra energy efficiency on the road.

Competing categories

The designs fall into two broad categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency. Energy efficiency is also important for the UrbanConcept category, but this class encourages more practical car-like designs.

Over the course of the competition, teams make several attempts to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of fuel. Competing cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed.

Technical experts calculate their energy efficiency and identify the winner in each class and for each type of energy.

Drivers’ World Championship

The final day of competition takes on an additional element of excitement with the Drivers’ World Championship Asia. Winning teams from the UrbanConcept category race head-to-head to earn a place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK. In 2017, Team DSLU Eco Car – I.C.E from De La Salle University in Philippines took the top podium spot in the Asia qualifier.

See the actions on Shell Eco-marathon Flickr library

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