In 2001, it was time to launch a new vehicle and the Remmi 6-A made its debut in the competition. The car had another radical design change. Instead of the more traditional “duckface design”, we built the Remmi 6-A in a teardrop shape. The new vehicle helped us bring back to Finland the trophy for second place in the Prototype student category. We drove the equivalent 2,034 km on 1 litre of gasoline.
In 2003, we drove our Remmi 6-B to the third position in the Prototype gasoline student category. Our score was 2119 km/l. Without great results on track, the Remmi 6-B was retired after only three years.
In 2003, Shell Eco-marathon introduced a new category: the UrbanConcept. These are more conventional concept vehicles, designed and built to roadworthy specifications suited to the needs of today’s drivers. One year after the new category was introduced, we decided to take up the new challenge. As Prototype veterans, we started to build our first UrbanConcept vehicle. You see our first steps of this adventure.
Lost in translation… Just before the Shell Eco-marathon event in Nogaro, France in 2005, the Remmi UC1 (UrbanConcept) was ready to hit the track. For the first time we participated with two vehicles. Unfortunately, the UC1 had technical and linguistic setbacks during the competition.
When trying to pump the fuel tank at the on-site gas station, the English word "gasoline" was misinterpreted as the French "le gas-oil" ("diesel fuel" in English). As a gasoline engine doesn't run very well on diesel, our team never got to set a valid result. The Remmi 6c Prototype finished in fourth place in the gasoline category with 2,303 km/l.
In 2007 we competed for the last time with the Remmi 6 vehicle. After seven successful years, the vehicle achieved the equivalent of 2,137 kilometres on 1 litre of gasoline, granting our team the third place on the Shell Eco-marathon podium. Winning a trophy in the final year was a fitting tribute to the car.
Every year we work around the clock to optimize our Prototype vehicle to get it ready for Shell Eco-marathon Europe. One week prior to the event we load up our van and travel through Europe to wherever the competition is held. After the competition, we drive around the continent for a couple of days of sightseeing. Having fun is an important ingredient for our success.