Remmi-Team, on the grid since 1985
In 1985, the first edition of Shell Eco-marathon took place in Europe, laying the foundation for what went on to become the world’s leading energy-efficiency competition. One of the competition veterans is Remmi-Team, from Finland, who participated in all 30 editions. They shared their first-hand experiences, unique and personal stories with us before hitting the track at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015 from May 21-24.
30 years of innovation
What began in 1985 with 25 wooden vehicles on the grid in France, is now a competition that hosts over 4,000 participants from 30 countries across the continent and beyond.
In 2015, Shell Eco-marathon Europe celebrates its 30th anniversary with unique and personal stories from people who have shaped the competition and still share the passion for technology, teamwork, perseverance and creativity.
One of the Shell Eco-marathon pearls is the story of the Remmi-Team from Finland. They are the only team competing in all Shell Eco-marathon editions since 1985.
“Overcoming setbacks with ingenuity, creativity and team spirit is what makes Shell Eco-marathon technically challenging. Being amongst students from other cultures, having fun with them in the evening and competing against them during the day. That’s the combination that makes this competition a lifetime experience,” says Taneli Heikkilä, the team captain.
Below they will take you on a trip down to memory lane of Remmi-Team’s participation in the ultimate-energy-efficiency competition.
In 1976, we built our first vehicle to compete in fuel efficiency competitions. Our team is named after our first vehicle, Remmi I. The engine’s brand was a "Demm", which - when pronounced in Finnish - sounds like Remmi. This photo shows what our first vehicle ‘Remmi I’ looked like.
In 1987, we wanted to show our passion for this competition to our sponsors and stakeholders. We made an unusual and fun Christmas card. The Remmi V and Remmi V-E vehicles were used as powerful and very efficient reindeers! The card was well received.
In 1987, we also introduced the Remmi V-eco. The car was a lighter and improved version of the Remmi V which had been introduced the year before. For the Remmi V series, we went back to the drawing board and designed a vehicle that looked radically different to the previous cars. The new improved design reduced the aerodynamic drag by a stunning 75%. The car served the team for 14 years!
1987 Christmas Card
Remmi V-eco car
In 2001, it was time to launch a new vehicle and the Remmi 6-A made its debut in the competition. The car had another radical design change. Instead of the more traditional “duckface design”, we built the Remmi 6-A in a teardrop shape. The new vehicle helped us bring back to Finland the trophy for second place in the Prototype student category. We drove the equivalent 2,034 km on 1 litre of gasoline.
In 2003, we drove our Remmi 6-B to the third position in the Prototype gasoline student category. Our score was 2119 km/l. Without great results on track, the Remmi 6-B was retired after only three years.
In 2003, Shell Eco-marathon introduced a new category: the UrbanConcept. These are more conventional concept vehicles, designed and built to roadworthy specifications suited to the needs of today’s drivers. One year after the new category was introduced, we decided to take up the new challenge. As Prototype veterans, we started to build our first UrbanConcept vehicle. You see our first steps of this adventure.
Lost in translation… Just before the Shell Eco-marathon event in Nogaro, France in 2005, the Remmi UC1 (UrbanConcept) was ready to hit the track. For the first time we participated with two vehicles. Unfortunately, the UC1 had technical and linguistic setbacks during the competition.
When trying to pump the fuel tank at the on-site gas station, the English word "gasoline" was misinterpreted as the French "le gas-oil" ("diesel fuel" in English). As a gasoline engine doesn't run very well on diesel, our team never got to set a valid result. The Remmi 6c Prototype finished in fourth place in the gasoline category with 2,303 km/l.
In 2007 we competed for the last time with the Remmi 6 vehicle. After seven successful years, the vehicle achieved the equivalent of 2,137 kilometres on 1 litre of gasoline, granting our team the third place on the Shell Eco-marathon podium. Winning a trophy in the final year was a fitting tribute to the car.
Every year we work around the clock to optimize our Prototype vehicle to get it ready for Shell Eco-marathon Europe. One week prior to the event we load up our van and travel through Europe to wherever the competition is held. After the competition, we drive around the continent for a couple of days of sightseeing. Having fun is an important ingredient for our success.
This picture is made in ‘sunny’ Andorra, Spain, with team manager Kimmo Leikko being used as a handbrake
2008 saw the inception of the Remmi 7. But we were running behind schedule, and were not able to make our first test run only 26 hours before leaving for the opening of the competition. Even at that point, the vehicle was far from ready. Two more days in France were needed to finish the car. That year we finished fourth in the Prototype combustion engines with a score of 2,066 km/l.
After the disappointment of just missing the podium, we spent a whole year optimizing the Remmi 7 before hitting the track at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2009. With the upgraded version of the car, the team conquered second place in the Prototype gasoline category at the event in Germany, with 2,960 km/l.
Remmi team during 2009 award ceremony
When Shell Eco-marathon arrived in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2012, all teams faced a new challenge with the first street circuit in Europe. Since then, teams have relied more on their driving skills with braking, accelerating and cornering. As a team we stood our ground on the new track and finished third place both in 2012 (2,003 km/l) and 2013 (1,505 km/l).In 2014, we finished fourth in the Prototype gasoline category with a score of 1,957 km/l.
Shell Eco marathon, Rotterdam
2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Shell Eco-marathon Europe. For this year’s edition, we developed a new vehicle, the Remmi 8. Our main goal for this year is to be back on the podium and to win the brightest medal in prototype class.
We look forward seeing our friends from all over Europe again and to compete against them in this unique energy-efficiency showdown.
Remmi 8 car