After months of preparation and four exciting days of competition, the 30th anniversary of Shell Eco-marathon Europe has drawn to a close. There were three new track records set this year, two of which were the strongest performances in the competition’s history.
Shell Eco-marathon sees university and high school students from around the world challenged to design and build their own hyper-efficient vehicles which are then tested to see how far they can drive on the equivalent of 1 litre of gasoline.
The competition involved 197 teams from 26 countries who travelled to Rotterdam, Netherlands to compete in two different car design categories: a futuristic Prototype category and an UrbanConcept category, with a choice to race one of seven different energy types.
In 1985 the winning vehicle would have been efficient enough to travel from Rotterdam to London on just one litre of fuel. Now, 30 years later, team Microjoule-La Joliverie could travel from Rotterdam to Moscow on the same quantity of fuel with their 2551.8km/l performance in the Prototype CNG category which was the most efficient result of the competition this year.
Norman Koch, Global Technical Director, Shell Eco-marathon said: “This was a remarkable year.
We celebrated 30 years of Shell Eco-marathon and now as we say thank you and goodbye to the city of Rotterdam we proudly pass the baton to London, as the next host city in 2016.”
“Three new track records have been set and we saw particular improvement in the UrbanConcept category. Overall, teams delivered improved designs and leveraged innovation in software and driving control, as was evidenced by the winner of the Technical Innovation award, Vector Ecoteam.”
Vector Ecoteam who competed in the Prototype category with a battery electric vehicle developed a control system which fine-tunes the vehicle speed by computer to ensure the lowest energy use.
In the Prototype category, team TED of France achieved 2308.3km/l with gasoline and team Iut Gmp Valenciennes set a new track record of 1323.1 km/l with diesel.
In the UrbanConcept category, team Lycee Louis Delage of France achieved the best-ever performance and track record of 517.3 km/l with gasoline, team DTU Roadrunners of Denmark achieved the best-ever performance and track record of 665 km/l with ethanol. DTU Roadrunners said they “made it because of everyone’s help and after a stressful start we were able to set a record which we are very pleased about” referring to earlier difficulties they faced with their vehicle, and Team Schluckspecht from Germany claimed their trophy for the third time in a row with diesel.
Around 50,000 visitors came to Rotterdam during the four days of competition to experience the event and visit the Shell Energy Lab which provided new insights into energy science for families and children. This is the last Shell Eco-marathon Europe to be hosted in Rotterdam and after four years, the City proudly passes the competition to London for 2016.