Driving the future of mobility

After a year of preparation, bright young engineers have just a few days to battle it out in urban circuits, driving self-built cars for supreme energy efficiency.


In 2017, the main Shell Eco-marathon events take place in three places around the world:

  • Shell Eco-marathon Asia: March 16-19 in Singapore, SG.
  • Shell Eco-marathon Americas: April 27-29 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
  • Shell Eco-marathon Europe: May 25-28, London, United Kingdom.

How does it work?

Vehicle classes and energy categories

The competition is split into two classes or categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars are also divided by energy type:

  • Internal combustion engine fuels include petrol, diesel, liquid fuel made from natural gas and ethanol.
  • In the electric mobility category, vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-based batteries.

The mileage competition

Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of fuel.

Cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency and name a winner in each class and for each energy source.

Off-track awards recognise other achievements including safety, teamwork and design.

The competition inspires the engineers of the future to turn their vision of sustainable mobility into reality, if only for a few days. It also sparks passionate debate about what could one day be possible for cars on the road.

A bit of history

The competition dates back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager over who could travel furthest on the same amount of fuel. Since then it has expanded to two more continents, includes many energy types and sparks passionate debate around the future of energy and mobility.

Shell Eco-marathon orange Prototype on track

Team registration

Register here beginning in Aug 23 2016, to be a participant or if your team wants to join Shell Eco-marathon Asia, Americas or Europe.

Shell Eco-marathon Team registration

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Challenger events

The Shell Eco-marathon challenger events give teams a chance to fine-tune and test-drive their vehicles.

For participants

If you’re a participant or want to join Shell Eco-marathon, see all you need to know about the competition.