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This year looks much better for team SCB-MADI, the only team competing from Russia. In 2014, they won the off-track award for perseverance and spirit after their spare engine was confiscated by customs officials and their crankshaft broke. Against all odds, they fixed the crankshaft and drove one lap.
Their Prototype gasoline car MADleco-2 has a new interior and has already made it through technical inspection. Team member Andrey Sotskov is confident of clocking up a valid run.
Look out for…
The coveted Prototype gasoline category is up for grabs as 10-time winners Microjoule-La Joliverie move over to Prototype CNG. (Watch out for them and fellow French competitors team Callo, previously runner-up in Prototype ethanol.)
Hot tips in the Prototype gasoline this year are French team IFMA eco-challenge (2187.8 km/l equivalent in 2014, taking second place) and Remmi-Team from Finland (1956.6 km/l in 2014, coming fourth).
Remmi-Team, have been waiting for victory since the very start of Shell Eco-marathon Europe in 1985, before its current team members were born. This year they are going for a win. “It would be great to be among the top teams because it takes a lot of hard work and effort to get here,” said team captain Taneli Heikkilä.
Building the perfect body
“Some of this year’s more impressive developments are in the UrbanConcept category,” said technical team member Mike Evans, who normally oversees Shell fuels development for Ferrari.
From Østfold University College in Norway, Johannes Martin Gylseth and his team-mates built team Øuc Shell Eco’s perfectly-formed UrbanConcept car in 10 weeks, sticking 10cm-thick Styrofoam slices together, like a giant loaf of bread. Then they carved and smoothed it to form the perfect mould for its fibreglass body. But that’s not all.
“We aim to create a 100% recyclable car,” said Johannes. “We are reusing a seat from an older car, and even the fibreglass can be added to concrete at the end of its life.” Ethanol made from plentiful, renewable Norwegian forest wood is their power source.