Location announced for eco marathon
Shell Oil Company and Sonoma Raceway and Speedway Motorsports announced that Sonoma Raceway will be the 2018 location for Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The event will take place April 19-22, 2018.
Make the Future California is intended to provide a platform for innovation, collaboration, and conversation around the world's energy challenges, as part of a global series of events through 2018. Included in the events is Shell Eco-marathon, an energy-efficiency competition for students, requiring them to design, build, and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles; push the boundaries of what is technically possible; and inspire thinking about the challenges and opportunities for future mobility.
Make the Future California will host two Shell Eco-marathon competitions:
- Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, where students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
- Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship Regional Final, marrying energy efficiency with speed in a race to be crowned the regional champion, and secure their place in the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final to be held in London, 2018.
For the past 11 years, students participating in Shell Eco-marathon Americas have designed ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, with some achieving more than 3500 mpg. In April 2018, more than 1000 students from across the Americas are expected to gather at Sonoma Raceway with their custom-designed and student-built energy-efficient vehicles.
"Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon is designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing energy efficiency and transportation performance," said Pamela Rosen, Shell Eco-marathon Americas spokesperson. "These student participants are the people who help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions."
Student teams compete in two vehicle classes. The Prototype class invites students to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles, and the UrbanConcept class focuses on "roadworthy," energy-efficient vehicles aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers. Entries are divided into three energy categories: internal combustion (gasoline, diesel, and ethanol), hydrogen fuel cell, and battery electric.
Last year's Shell Eco-marathon Americas' winner, Université Laval from Quebec, Canada, recorded 2731.1 mpg with its ultra-energy-efficient gasoline-powered prototype vehicle. Runners-up were Brigham Young University (Utah) and Mater Dei High School (Indiana).
In the UrbanConcept class, Mater Dei Supermileage Team from Indiana recorded top energy efficiency stats with 723.4 mpg in its gasoline-powered vehicle. Saint Thomas Academy (Minnesota) was joined by Alden-Conger High School and Newburgh Free Academy rounding out the UrbanConcept podium places in the Drivers' World Championship Regional Final in Detroit. Saint Thomas Academy went on to win the global race for efficiency at the Driver's World Championship Grand Final in London. The team now heads to Maranello, Italy, where they will get to run their victorious car around the iconic Fiorano Test Track.
"At Sonoma Raceway, we always strive to provide a showcase for the latest in green automotive technology, and hosting the Shell Eco-marathon in 2018 will be a significant milestone in that effort," said Sonoma Raceway President and General Manager Steve Page. "Best of all, this event provides a platform for the young people who will constitute the next generation of automotive designers, engineers, and innovators. We are very excited to provide the forum for them to unveil and test their latest efforts."
Student teams wishing to compete in the 2018 Shell Eco-marathon Americas in California can register by October 12, 2017.
For universities and high schools interested in learning more, visit www.shell.com/ecomarathon.