The competition runs from June 30 to July 3 in conjunction with Make the Future, a new four-day festival celebrating bright ideas and potential solutions to energy challenges faced by the modern world.

“What travels at 25kph, is made on a 3D printer, and goes from London to Rome and back on one litre of fuel?”

“For 30 years, Shell Eco-marathon has helped inspire the world’s brightest young minds to design and build new energy-efficient vehicles,” said Erik Bonino, Chairman of Shell UK.


“I am pleased to host this challenge in London at Make the Future, and to see the students pushing themselves to their creative, engineering and scientific limits.”

Shell Eco-marathon invites students to design and build vehicles which travel as far as possible on the equivalent of a single litre of fuel.

The first European competition was launched in 1985, when the winner achieved 680 kilometres on a single litre of gasoline. Today, contestants use different approaches, from building cars with 3D printers to using alternative energies as fuel. The record stands at 3,771 kilometres on one litre of gasoline – enough to travel from London to Rome and back again on just one litre of fuel.

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Notes to editors:

The Shell Eco-marathon competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers in the future.

The challenge demands innovative problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. It is a unique, practical experience that equips students with invaluable skills and knowledge on a range of engineering tasks, from designing, building, and operating a vehicle.

In 2016, Shell brings the competition to London for the first time – and closer to the public, as teams compete on a fit-for-purpose street circuit.

Shell Eco-marathon Europe celebrates its 31st edition from June 30 – July 3, 2016. Alongside the challenge, activities offered at the venue aim to engage and inspire European citizens interested in the future of energy, and the technologies to meet future energy needs.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global initiative with events in Asia, Europe and the USA every year. This year Shell Eco-marathon Asia takes place from March 3-6 in Manila, Philippines, and Shell Eco-marathon Americas takes place from April 22-24 in Detroit, Michigan.

Make the Future is a festival of ideas and innovations that supports bright energy ideas and provides a platform 

for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge. It is a four-day event that will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, June 30 - July 3, 2016. Through virtual reality experiences and hands-on science experiments, visitors can explore what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energies to natural gas or low-carbon technologies.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers visitors beautiful parklands and waterways, world-famous sporting venues, and spectacular views from the ArcelorMittal Orbit. In the heart of east London, the Park will also provide new homes, jobs and a cultural and education quarter.

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