Through the eyes of alumi
Three decades after the first Shell Eco-marathon in France, the competition has grown to an impressive event with over 200 teams and 3,000 participants.
To mark the 30 years of stories, records and innovation, we invited four Shell Eco-marathon alumni to visit the last event in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The lucky alumni were Matthew Snodin, Dante Powell and Gert Pilles, who competed for Aston University, UK, and Rafał Maciejczyk from team Smart Power, from Poland. As VIP guests, they had an exclusive look behind-the-scenes and were able to meet teams and organisers.
The most striking change for all former participants was the change of pace: from the stressful competition days, to a quiet time to enjoy and experience the event like never before. But the excitement of competing and the pride of working together to achieve success was something that everyone missed.
“When you compete, there is an overwhelming sense of pride” said Dante Powell, who is from Aston University which builds a new car from scratch every year, “and when we were here as a competitor we were working with future technology and had the knowledge that we had built an advanced vehicle”.
It was clear to all that the event had developed over time with new technologies (such as modular cars and 3D printing) but also showed evolution of design and performance. “Always having the records broken underlines the progress and keeps the competition relevant and fresh” said Matthew Snodin, also from Aston University.