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Location and track
The street circuit in Rotterdam sets teams to a real-life driving challenge. And the city location attracts visitors to follow the exciting Shell Eco-marathon challenge and attend the fun-packed Shell Energy Lab.
The circuit in Rotterdam is a challenging urban track. With five 90-degree corners, teams’ driving skills will be tested more rigorously than on an off-road racetrack. Braking, accelerating and cornering skills will play a crucial part in reducing energy use.
- Type: Urban.
- Track dimensions: The route is flat, with five turns at 90°.
- Distance: 16.117 km (10.1 miles), equivalent of 10 laps of 1,626 m.
- Features: 3rd year on the streets of Rotterdam
Teams must achieve 10 laps in less than 39 minutes in order to qualify.
Rotterdam: a sustainable city
Rotterdam is the second largest city in the Netherlands and one of the largest ports in the world. In the heart of a huge rail, road, air and inland waterway distribution system, the city is often called the Gateway to Europe.
The Rotterdam Municipal Executive wants “a clean, green and healthy city where sustainability contributes to a strong economy”, supported by the new Rotterdam Sustainability Programme. Plans include cutting carbon emission by half, improving air quality, and reducing noise. The city’s focus on sustainability makes it a suitable location for Shell Eco-marathon, which sparks debate about greater energy efficiency into the future.