Blown away at Shell Eco-marathon Americas
With a marching band and a cry of “Let the Shell Eco-marathon begin!” more than a thousand students and volunteers shook the rafters of Cobo Center and officially kicked off the fuel economy competition’s first visit to Detroit.
High winds send practice runs indoors
High winds forced opening ceremonies indoors. Shell Oil Company President Marvin Odum welcomed the students to the historic home of the US auto industry, praising their commitment to innovation and engineering excellence. In his own welcome, Detroit Mayor Michael Duggan noted that a man named Henry Ford built his first car just a few blocks away, and tested it on the same city streets they’ll drive during the weekend’s competitions.
‘The first competition day at Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015 comes to a close! Under sunny skies, dozens of teams from the Prototype and UrbanConcept categories took to the track to compete for energy-efficiency records!’
Title: The Thrill of the Ride
Duration: 2:36 minutes
The Thrill of the Ride Film Transcript
The thrill of the ride
Bright, pop music.
American flag on flagpole in large city.
Panning over large city buildings.
Sped-up footage of a large warehouse being set up – lorries being unloaded and stages set up.
Sped-up footage of young people at an event.
“It was actually a lot of fun being able to start right from scratch, brand new vehicles. It was a great learning experience for the team.”
Teams working on their vehicles.
Team members talking and discussing.
Driver putting on seatbelt.
Someone working at a laptop.
“Totally new course so we’ll see how it goes.”
Large auditorium with lots of people walking around.
Cars set up on show.
“This is your weekend. It’s your weekend to prove to us what this next generation of innovators and leaders looks like.”
Young person at a stand, playing with a large metal globe.
Groups of young people chatting and laughing.
“I couldn’t think of a more appropriate way to honour the original founders of this industry.”
Streamers coming down on crowd of Shell workers.
Large city buildings.
“We’re going to be first ones on this brand new track, first ones ever, and we’re not sure what to expect.”
Green flag being waved in front of car at starting line.
Car starting off on lap.
Close-up of driver in car.
“For the first run we were just trying to get a baseline, seeing what it was like out on the course.”
Car going around lap, racetrack has large buildings all around it.
“That was a lot better than my first run.”
“It looks pretty smooth on the outside but inside it’s… you can feel every bump.”
Car going around track.
Shot from inside of car, looking out at track as car goes round.
More cars going around track.
Person with goggles on inside testing area.
Woman with goggles high-fives the driver.
“I’m just so happy we completed a run.”
“599 miles to the gallon.”
Two team members high-fiving.
Driver gives thumbs-up to camera.
Woman with goggles on looking nervous.
Team working on the car.
“I’m having a heart attack here, guys. We don’t know. I’m having a heart attack here!
“Oh my god!”
Team gathered to hear results and then start to cheer and hug.
Team counting down from five in French and then cheering.
Various teams shouting out their team names.
Cars going around the track.
“Our cars have ran great, we’ve had a great time. It’s been a great experience for all of us.
Cars going around the track – various different shot angles.
“Yes, we had a great time this year and we did really well.”
“It was really fun this year. Our car is doing pretty good this year.”
“So we’re really happy to be here from Montreal and we enjoyed it.
People playing ‘Kinetic Soccer’.
Person breakdancing on light up floor.
People laughing at something on a laptop.
“Can’t wait to come…”
“Coming back next year.”
Teams gathered around their cars.
Teams lined up on the track, seen from above.
Track with all the teams lined up waving at camera, camera flies up into the air.
Still shot of teams on track waving at camera.
“See you next year, guys.”
Copyright Shell International Limited 2015
Test runs and inspections
Weather kept those streets off limits for the first day. Fortunately the cavernous center accommodates a full track in addition to space for all the competitors’ cars and equipment. The 20 teams whose cars had already cleared technical and safety inspection lined up for early test drives immediately after the morning’s events.
Those with work to do headed back to their paddocks and cars to make tweaks, adjustments and, in some cases, major work ahead of technical inspection. Shell Eco-marathon Americas Technical Director Adrian Juergens is in charge of those inspections. “So far, brakes, visibility and fuel are the problem areas,” he says. And safety, as always, is first priority: “We’re checking the driver’s safety restraints more closely than ever this year.”
The patience game! The driver of the Stig, by team Sexton Supermilers from Dalhousie University, Canada waits to enter the track on day one of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015 in Detroit, MI, USA. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Shell)
Participants and visitors look towards the stage during the opening ceremony of Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015. (Bryan Mitchell/AP Images for Shell)
The Shell car at the Opening Ceremony in Detroit, MI, USA. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Shell)
Participants take part in the opening ceremony before day one of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015. (Rex Larsen/AP Images for Shell)
Participants carry their country flags during the opening ceremony. (Tom McKenzie/AP Images for Shell)
All the participants celebrate during the opening ceremony on day one of the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2015 in Detroit, MI. (Rick Osentoski/AP Images for Shell)