Shell International BV: Student teams from across the Americas aim to beat
3,587 miles per gallon record
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High school and university students race to perfect super-mileage vehicles in
time for fuel efficiency competition in Houston
Houston - As Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014 fast approaches, more than 1,000
innovative high school and university students from across the Americas are
entrenched in efficiency tests, safety checks and practice runs to ensure
their super-mileage vehicles are ready for the competition taking place in
Houston April 25-27. The students face the daunting challenge of surpassing
last year's achievement by Quebec's Université Laval of 3,587 miles per
gallon, and they are determined to rise to the challenge.
Teams hailing from Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala and all across the United
States will come together again this year to put their super-mileage vehicles
to the test and see whose vehicle can go farthest on the least amount of
energy. Though the competition is fierce and the task is demanding, these
student teams interact with a remarkable collaborative attitude, working
together to solve problems on and off the track. The good spirit of the teams
elevates the purpose of the competition to be about coming together and
inspiring each other to seek new and feasible solutions to tomorrow's energy
"The technologies these students are developing, testing and honing could play
a key role in future vehicle design," said Wolfgang Warnecke, Shell Chief
Scientist Mobility. "Shell Eco-marathon shows how working with others - in
this case students and a broad range of partners - helps to spark debate and
drive innovation forward."
Getting Creative with Fuel Efficiency
Funding, design, safety and time are all concerns the students have to keep in
mind as they build their vehicles, and some students are seeking new and
creative ways to address future energy challenges by thinking outside the box
to achieve success.
The students from St. Paul's School in Covington, La., are proudly growing
their own bacterial mat that will be woven into leather for the seats of their
vehicle. The team is one of four planning to attend the event this year from
St. Paul's School, and the various team members often work together to
troubleshoot if one team runs into a challenge.
Other teams are also relying on nearby schools when they run into a roadblock.
The team from Louisiana Tech University often invites the nearby Ruston High
School team to campus to use the more advanced facilities and troubleshoot
problems they are facing. Several Ruston team members plan to follow in their
mentors' footsteps next year and become mechanical engineering majors at
"Fueling" the Passion for Shell Eco-marathon Americas
James B. Dudley High School in Greensboro, N.C., has established a class and
curriculum around the challenge, and the team from Swarthmore College in
Swarthmore, Penn., has grown the team from last year's two-man roster to seven
team members. They are also working to establish a designated club for
students who want to compete.
This is the first time Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Citrus College
in Glendora, Calif., and John Glenn High School in Norwalk, Calif., will
participate in the event. Though many legacy teams opt to build their vehicle
from scratch each year, schools new to the competition face the added
challenge of building a vehicle from scratch without any institutional
knowledge or tools from past years.
Outside of the U.S., teams will be traveling to Houston this year from Canada,
Mexico, Guatemala and Brazil. Last year's record-holding team, Université
Laval, will be traveling from Québec, Canada to defend their title. "With the
competition rapidly approaching, we are becoming more and more excited," said
Audrey Lainé, captain of the Université Laval team. "Our team has worked
tirelessly to make improvements to our vehicle as well as improve its
reliability. We paid attention to every detail. We are hoping to not only beat
our record but to set a new one this year in Houston!"
Helping Students Prepare for the "Real World"
Shell Eco-marathon Americas helps students prepare for life in the "real
world," with many going on to pursue careers in the energy and technology
industries. Several students from Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City,
Utah, credit their participation in the challenge with inspiring them to
pursue careers in the automotive industry. "I always thought cars would just
be a hobby," says team lead Alan Reintjes, "but being involved in this project
has made it clear to me that I want to do it for a living." Reintjes and one
other team member are going to work at Ford Motor Company when they graduate.
Before facing the future, however, these student teams must prepare to take on
the challenge of breaking new boundaries in energy efficiency at the 8th
annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014.
About Shell Eco-marathon Americas
Held globally in the Americas, Europe and Asia, Shell Eco-marathon provides a
real-world environment for students to test vehicles they design and build
themselves with the goal of going the farthest possible distance using the
least amount of energy.
Over its 30 editions, Shell Eco-marathon has seen radical changes in car
design, from the introduction of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber,
to the use of computer software to model and analyze the vehicles. These
developments have resulted in major fuel efficiency improvements over the
years, and the student teams are constantly thinking of new ways to excel.
This year marks the 8th edition of Shell Eco-marathon Americas and 5th year in
Houston. New global partnerships with HP, Michelin, The Linde Group and
Southwest Research Institute will support the Shell Eco-marathon Americas,
assisting competing teams of student engineers through offering expertise,
products and collaborative opportunities. The new partners will contribute and
add considerable value to the event, particularly with regard to innovation,
technology, sustainability, mobility and tackling future energy challenges.
For more information on all 2014 events across the globe, including the
complete Americas 2014 roster, schedule and official rules, please visit the
Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon. For more information
on the history of the event, visit
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About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is a global program that challenges high school and college
student teams to design, build and test the most energy-efficient vehicles.
With annual events in the Americas, Europe and Asia, this innovation
competition pushes future scientists and engineers to travel the farthest
distance using the least amount of energy. Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014
will take place April 25 - 27, 2014 on the streets of downtown Houston, the
energy capital of the world. Visit www.shell.com/ecomarathon/americas to learn
more about this program.
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