Driving energy efficiency

Currently held in in Asia, Americas and Europe and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, and Drivers’ World Championship, students from countries across their respective regions use innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars.

In 2018, over 100 teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East compete to have the most energy-efficient car.

Winning designs

The longest running competition is the Mileage Challenge. Teams compete to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. In 2017, the winning team of the Asian leg was efficient enough to travel 2,289 kilometres – the distance from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand – on just one litre of fuel!

The second competition is Drivers’ World Championship Asia, which takes place on Sunday, March 11. The best UrbanConcept teams are challenged to combine the proven energy efficiency of their car with the speed and skill of their driver, in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel.

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.

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.

See the actions on Shell Eco-marathon Flickr library

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Catch live action on the track where over 120 innovative cars of the future will compete, go behind the scenes look at these cars, and put your driving skills to the test in the Shell Eco-marathon simulator. See the region’s most fuel-efficient teams go head-to-head in a race for speed in Drivers' World Championships Asia.


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