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Sunday Wrap-Up at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012

Mater Dei Takes Home Top Awards in Both Prototype and UrbanConcept Categories
Mater Dei High School achieved a best run of 2,188.6 miles per gallon in the Prototype class

Mater Dei High School achieved a best run of 2,188.6 miles per gallon in the Prototype class, Gasoline category

Sunday was an action-packed day out at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012. Some teams celebrated surpassing their previous year’s records while other teams worked feverishly to overcome technical challenges before the tracked closed. Here are the highlights from the last day of the fuel efficiency competition.

  • Mater Dei High School achieved a best run of 2,188.6 miles per gallon in the Prototype class, Gasoline category. This school also achieved a best run in the UrbanConcept class, Gasoline category, with a run of 611 miles per gallon. If that wasn’t enough, they also achieved the hightest mileage in Prototype, Battery Electric and Prototype, Alternative Gasoline.
  • Louisiana Tech University celebrated after winning the Diesel Fuel first prize in the UrbanConcept class with a run of 488.7 miles per gallon. The school also placed second in the Gasoline Fuel category in the UrbanConcept class.
Louisiana Tech University celebrated after winning the Diesel Fuel first prize in the UrbanConcept

Louisiana Tech University celebrated after winning the Diesel Fuel first prize in the UrbanConcept class with a run of 488.7 miles per gallon.

Université Laval in Quebec, Canada faced technical difficulties that kept them out of the winner’s bracket this year. Last year, the team took home the First Prize with a best run of 2,564.8 miles per gallon in the Prototype, Gasoline category.  

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique challenge for motivated students around the world that has all the elements associated with competition; emotion, success, failure and regulations. Students are challenged to drive farther than their peers on one gallon of fuel. For both vehicle classes, teams can use either Internal Combustion or e-mobility energy sources – diesel, gasoline, ethanol, FAME, solar, hydrogen and battery electric technologies.

More than 1,000 students with 113 vehicles are competing in this year’s challenge, taking place right in the heart of downtown Houston on the streets surrounding Discovery Green. This is the third year Shell Eco-marathon Americas takes place in Houston – our ‘US hometown’ – and continues to provide student teams with an urban setting to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency.