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Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Final competition runs at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 concluded Sunday, April 7, closing out the third and final day. Nearly 120 vehicles were cleared to test their fuel efficiency on the downtown track.

The day kicked off with second runs in the UrbanConcept category at 8:30 a.m. But student teams, eager to make as many runs as possible, started claiming their places in line around 6:30 a.m. The Prototype category runs followed, with teams lining up as soon as the UrbanConcept cars were off, hours before the first Prototype run at 10 a.m. 

Université Laval continued strong in the Prototype Gasoline category; sealing this year’s win with a mind-boggling 3,587 miles per gallon – a new record in the Americas event. In the UrbanConcept category, Mater Dei High School took first place with a best run of 849 miles per gallon.

Several off track awards were also given Sunday evening. This year students were encouraged to participate in the Shell Student Energy Challenge.

The new prize category asked the student teams to consider the wider energy context that surrounds their fantastic achieves in the mileage challenge. To participate, each school submitted an infographic. The University of Missouri took home the top $5,000 prize, the University of Toronto took second place, Purdue was third and the University of British Columbia placed fourth.

Off the track, spectators marveled at the students’ cars in the paddock area and a mass “Harlem Shake” erupted, with many students wearing gear representing their teams.

Thanks to all for making Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 a resounding success.

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