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Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014 returns to Houston, Texas on April 24-27 next year. See important information for the participant teams and event details before joining next year’s competition.
Date and location
Shell Eco-marathon Americas returns to downtown Houston, Texas on April 24-27, 2014, for its eighth annual super-mileage challenge.
The track is once again on the city streets surrounding Discovery Green Park. The course is .6 miles. A valid attempt for both Prototype and UrbanConcept vehicles requires 10 laps for a total distance of six miles at a minimum average speed of 15 mph.
Rules and Regulations
- The updated 2014 Chapter I Rules and Regulations are now available online here.
- The 2014 Chapter II Rules will be posted as soon as they’re available.
Prizes and Awards
Shell awarded $61,000 in prizes to the winning teams in 2013. Please reference the Shell Eco-marathon Americas Chapter II rules for award details.
Each team will have a 30’ X 10’ working space inside the George R. Brown Convention Center (see the venue on Google Maps). Tables, chairs, electricity, free wireless internet, a waste basket and compressed air will be provided. A welder will also be available to assist the teams with any welding needs.
The grounds are patrolled by 24 hour security; however, we recommend keeping your valuables with you, or designating a team member to be responsible for watching them, if you are away.
- Free camping is available inside the GRB Convention Center. Padding, showers and meals are provided. Teams are encouraged to bring their own sleeping bags, tents, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
- We will also offer group rates at nearby hotels.
Free meals for up to eight team members will be provided throughout the weekend. Additional meal tickets can be purchased for $100 each (covers meals throughout the entire weekend). *Details are subject to change.
Travel stipend checks are awarded to each team (calculated by school distance to the event / one check per vehicle). Details will be included in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2014 Chapter II rules.
We will offer a discount on air fare and airport shuttles at a later date.
There will be places to park trailers and buses at the event. The “close” parking is first-come-first-serve and is recommended for trailers/vehicles that contain items that you’ll need on-site (i.e. tools). There will be additional parking available that will be a little further off-site.
There will be a fork lift onsite for teams that need help loading and unloading their vehicles.
This year we will once again require all international teams to use Freeman, the shipping provider of the George R. Brown Convention Center, for shipping AND brokerage services. Teams within with United States are strongly encouraged to ship via Freeman.
Freeman offers competitive prices and will ensure that your vehicle arrives on time and is sent directly to your paddock space. They will also assist you with the proper customs and EPA paperwork and will help if your vehicle gets stuck in customs.
International teams that have shipped via other shipping providers and brokerage services in the past have experienced many road blocks, government issues and have had their vehicles get stuck in customs. We are unable to assist teams with these issues when they do not ship through Freeman.
Please contact the appropriate person below in order to secure a quote for your shipment.
For shipping inquiries within the U.S., please contact:
- Tanya Carper
- Direct: 713-433-2400 x 694
- Cell: 713-545-8640
- Email: Tanya.Carper@freemanco.com
For international shipping inquiries, please contact:
- David Pena
- Direct: 214-451-3799
- Email: email@example.com
Teams are required to purchase and use the Shell Eco-marathon fuel tanks for all events. Prior years’ fuel tanks are perfectly acceptable. Below are the available options:
- 350ml = $175 USD
Additional fuel tank caps are also available for $10.
Detailed fuel tank dimensions are outlined in this document. We have also developed this short illustrative guide to help you prevent leaks in the tap of your fuel tank.
To order fuel tanks, please contact your Relationship Manager or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover Card are accepted. You will need to provide the following information: Desired quantity, credit card number, expiration date, security Code, shipping address and billing zip code.
Teams are not required to use Michelin tires and are free to use tires of their choosing. Please ensure that the tires properly fit the wheel. Below are the available options:
Michelin 44-406 Prototype tires (view photo) = $79 USD
- The specs for these tires are 44-406 (20" x 1.75"); inflate up to 50PSI
- Download the technical specifications of the Michelin conventional tires
- Rolling resistance: 2 kg/t (Kilogramme/tonne)
Michelin UrbanConcept tires (view photo) = $235 USD
- Download the technical specifications for the Michelin UrbanConcept tires
- Rolling resistance: 95/80 R 16: 1.5 kg/t
Michelin Radial 45-75 R16 tires (view photo) = $235 USD
Due to limited supply, we are only able to provide a reasonable number of tires to registered Shell Eco-marathon Americas participants.
To order tires, please contact your Relationship Manager or send an email to email@example.com. VISA, MasterCard, AMEX and Discover Card are accepted. You will need to provide the following information: Desired quantity, credit card number, expiration date, security Code, shipping address and billing zip code.