Shell Eco-marathon is about more than winning on the track. Students are recognised for their communications, technical innovation, design, safety and perseverance.
Technical innovation award
Winner: Microjoule-La Joliverie, Lycee Saint-Joseph La Joliverie, France
Shell Eco-marathon record-setters Microjoule showed that significant advances in internal combustion engines can still be made. Through the use of advanced materials, coatings and design, they further reduced friction, heat loss and weight to improve the efficiency of their record-breaking compressed natural gas engine.
Vehicle design award (Prototype)
Winner: Poseidon, Piraeus University of Applied Sciences, Greece
Team Poseidon won because their vehicle was extremely aerodynamic and precisely built. Their vehicle was also made from recycled material, was visually appealing and very safe.
UrbanConcept: No award this year
Winner: TUC Eco Racing, Technical University of Crete, Greece
This hydrogen car team won for their excellent blend of vehicle design and safety, as well as their excellent approach to safety while working at the event. The team also shared some of their hydrogen sensors with another team – demonstrating the Shell Eco-marathon spirit of collaboration.
Joint Winners: Green Team Twente, University of Twente, the Netherlands and H2politO, Politecnico Di Torino, Italy
The standard was so high that the communications award was shared by two teams. Both impressed with their professionalism, strategic approach and enthusiasm for getting the message across in both social and traditional media.
Perseverance and spirit of the event award
Winner: UGATU Racing Team, Ufa State Aviation Technical University, Russia
This award recognises teams who have overcome struggles by working together. The first-time competitors towed their car on a trailer for 5,000 km to get to the event. Like many teams, they also experienced technical issues on arrival but worked together to pass technical inspection and get onto the track.