For the 4th consecutive year, Green Motion will be supporting a team of engineering students from University College London (UCL) as they compete in the Shell Eco-marathon. Once again, we will be providing technical and industry support, as well as financial backing.
The Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for student teams around the world to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars which they race on the track. The event is comprised of two competition types, the Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge where students compete to see whose car design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel and the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship which is a race to find the world's fastest energy-efficient driver.
The scheme now runs in the Americas, Asia and Europe with thousands of students from around the world taking part. The idea can be traced back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager on who could travel the farthest using the same amount of fuel. Since then the concept has grown into a global event, with the first official Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge competition taking place in 1985 in France.
Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon General Manger said of last years event that it had been “particularly exciting because of the new racetrack and some of the efficiency records achieved. I have been so impressed with the team performances and the enthusiasm and dedication of the students has been infectious. This week has set the bar even higher for next year and for more young engineers to come forward with their creativity and ingenuity around efficient mobility solutions.’’
This year the UK Shell Eco-marathon event takes place at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey from June 27th – July 3rd.