On-track, teams battle it out in the mileage challenge, competing within vehicle categories and energy classes to see which vehicle can travel the furthest on the least amount of energy.

Off-track, teams can win prizes for their achievements in the fields of vehicle design, safety, communications, technical innovation and perseverance.

View this year’s and past years’ results and awards below.

2018 Results and Awards

2018 Off-track Winners

Communications

Winner:
Supermileage Ottawa 
University of Ottawa, Canada

This award is not just about winning on the track; it's also the ability to create a story from the win that is so compelling that people want to read it. It's the ability to create a campaign that makes other people outside of the event want to become involved. This year’s grand winner demonstrated communications creativity and proactive community outreach. They brought the story to young people using popsicle sticks and balloons in a hands-on activity inspiring hundreds of children and helping many people better understand the real mission behind the Shell Eco-Marathon. They did a great job promoting diversity and teamwork while using social media and events to bring their story to life in a meaningful way.
 
The Communications award also includes a 2nd and 3rd place prize.
Coming in 2nd place: Mitzli, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico.
Coming in 3rd place: Taq Balam, Universidad dell Valle de Guatemala.

 

Technical Innovation

Winner:
Duke Electric Vehicles H2
Duke University, United States

The Technical Innovation award goes to the team which demonstrates outstanding technical ingenuity along with optimal use of new materials, components and inventions. The winner this year demonstrated exceptional design and deployment of technologies for optimized cost and performance, featuring innovative use of supercapacitors in a fuel cell powered prototype vehicle. The technology was deployed in a very thoughtful way, with consideration for environmental impact and marketability.

 

Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept)

Winner:
Louisiana Tech Eco-Car
Louisiana Tech University, United States

The Vehicle Design Urban Concept award recognizes innovative design, research and original execution in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials, technical feasibility and eco-friendliness in the Urban Concept class. The winner this year did a wonderful job with their vehicle.  This team spent a considerable amount of time developing 3D and CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamic) Modeling of their vehicle to understand the design and aerodynamic implications of their design.  We were impressed with the technical design capabilities of the team which included not only modeling the car, but designing their custom variable-stroke diesel engine to maximize the fuel economy of every stroke.  The team took great pride in the vehicle's form, fit, function & finish resulting in a clean design that demonstrates detailed workmanship yielding impressive results.

 

Vehicle Design (Prototype)

Winner:
San Antonio College Motorsport
San Antonio College, United States

The Vehicle Design Prototype award also recognizes innovative design, research and original execution in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials, technical feasibility and eco-friendliness. The winner this year did a great job with their Hydrogen Fueled vehicle.  This team had a new and clean design, improving from last year's model, reducing the weight by 50%.  They started by designing the vehicle around the driver; constructing a custom and ergonomic seat to ensure the driver was in the right position. The team collected what was considered industry reusable scrap material and used it for structural components of the vehicle.  Their design and workmanship was impressive with a car-body was tightly secured with clips and attractive.  Most importantly, every team member could speak intelligibly about the vehicle, participated in the evaluation and were passionate about their vehicle.

 

Safety

Winner:
JMU Supermileage
James Madison University, United States

The Safety award goes to the team which demonstrates outstanding efforts to highlight the importance of road and behavioral safety in the Shell Eco-marathon program through review of practices, procedures and implementation of changes that lead to higher safety standards.  The winner this year demonstrated exceptional commitment to safety culture, particularly impressive as this is their first time participating at Shell Eco-marathon Americas. The team demonstrated safety excellence with the appointment of a risk manager, clearly understood roles and responsibilities, labeled equipment, and a regimented checklist-based approach.

 

Perseverance and Spirit of the Event

Winner:
Taq Balam
Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

The Perseverance and Spirit of the Event award goes to the team which symbolizes the spirit and values of Shell Eco-marathon. Demonstrated actions include: overcoming great obstacles to attend the event; mastering exceptional challenges while participating; keeping high spirits, showing outstanding resilience, resolve and resourcefulness. Another consideration is how teams support other participants to help them overcome significant challenges and obstacles. The winner this year demonstrated exceptional resilience and resolve with an infallible spirit. In spite of considerable challenges and delay in getting their vehicle into the country, the team worked together to find a creative and low-cost solution to efficiently transport their vehicle across the country in time for the race. Working around the clock with the humility to reach out to others who were willing to lend a helping hand, this team successfully passed technical inspection and earned their right to compete in the race.

DWC Americas 2018

See the teams that have been selected to compete in Drivers’ World Championship Grand Finals in London:

Winner:
Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha
Saint Thomas Academy, United States

1st runner-up: Sask Eco UC
Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Canada

2nd runner-up: Mater Dei Supermileage
Mater Dei High School, United States

The winning teams have earned themselves a place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK, on July 8, 2018. They will face-off against the best three teams from both the Asia and Europe to be crowned overall Grand Final champions and earn a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the home of Scuderia Ferrari.

Past Results and Awards

2017 Off-Track Award Winners

Communications Award
Supermileage uOttawa, The University of Ottawa (Canada).
The Supermileage uOttawa team invested a lot of time and effort to promote their team. In addition to leveraging traditional media and local events to connect with their community, the team shared social media content in both English and French to reach a wider audience. More impressively, they were able to identify their shortfalls and had already developed an improvement plan for next year's Shell Eco-marathon Americas.

Vehicle Design Award UrbanConcept
EcoCar – Turbo Hound, Louisiana Tech University (Louisiana).

Vehicle Design Award Prototype
OSU Beavers, Oregon State University (Oregon).

Technical Innovation
Supermileage Systems Enterprise, Michigan Technological University (Michigan).
The team followed a logical engineering process where they identified a clear objective and worked within design constraints to deliver a flexible electric motor driver.

Safety Award
Team Shop Girls, Granite Falls High School (Washington State).
The team made it a priority to incorporate safety in both their vehicle design and the team’s daily activities in the paddocks. Having a proactive safety mindset placed them in an excellent position to continue to avoid hazards and reduce safety risks. In fact, the team displayed safety supplies out in the open with safety signs in sight, and they made judges put on safety glasses before entering their paddock.

Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award
MC3 Engineering, Montgomery Community College (Pennsylvania).
Despite their vehicle breaking down and working endless hours to fix it, the team stayed positive and found time to interact with other teams, both offering help and asking for support. The team also brought onboard a new driver with limited knowledge on short notice who offered new insights to improve the process.

Drivers’ World Championship

See the teams that will compete in the Drivers' World Championship:

Saint Thomas Academy
Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alp

Alden-Conger High School
Knights 3

Newburgh Free Academy
Newburgh Goldbacks

2016 Off-Track Award Winners

Communications Award
EcoVeiculo, Battery Electric Prototype, Universidade Federal de Itajuba (Brazil).

Safety Award
Team Paoli Purple, Gasoline Prototype, Paoli (Indiana) High School. (USA)

Vehicle Design Award
Team Beyond, Battery Electric Prototype, Universite de Sherbrook (Canada).
Saint Thomas (Minnesota) Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha, Battery Electric UrbanConcept. (USA)

Technical Innovation
Tatonkatoo, Ethanol Prototype, University of Colorado Boulder. (USA)

Perseverance & Team Spirit Award
Team E-Team, Battery Electric Prototype, Universidad del Azuay (Ecuador).

Drivers’ World Championship

See the teams that have been selected to compete in the Drivers' World Championship.

Knights 3
Alden-Conger High School, USA

Mater Dei Supermileage
Mater Dei High School, USA

Saint Thomas Academy Experimental Vehicle Team Alpha
Saint Thomas Academy, USA

Newburgh Goldbacks
Newburgh Free Academy, USA

University of Alberta EcoCar Team
University of Alberta,  Canada

Illini EcoConcept
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

2015 Off-Track Award Winners

Safety Award

Shopgirls (team 56) – Prototype diesel

Communications Award

Ecolancers (team 45) – Prototype gasoline

Vehicle Design Award

Alden Conger High School (team 522) - Prototype Supermileage Team.

Technical Innovation

Duke University (team 302) - Duke Electric Vehicle.

Perseverance and Team Spirit award

Braham High School and Universidad Presbiteriana Mackenzie (team 312 – Prototype battery electric).

2014 Off-track Award winners

Safety Award

Team  Shop Girls, from Granite Falls High School, US

Vehicle Design Award

Team LA Tech Eco-car, from Louisiana Tech University, US

Technical Innovation Award

Team University of Toronto Supermileage, from University of Toronto, Canada

Communications Award

Team Mizzou Eco-Racing, from University of Missouri, US

Pennzoil Tribology Award

Team University of Toronto Supermileage, from University of Toronto, Canada

Perseverance and Spirt of the Event Award

Team E-Volve, from Université de Sherbrooke, Canada

Shell Eco marathon America 2015 prototype

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