Shell inspires the next generation of engineers at the Make The Future Live festival 2018
Jul 8, 2018
Indonesia takes the crown for the second time in the Drivers’ World Championship.
London - Make the Future Live 2018, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Europe and the Drivers World Championship, drew to a close today after an exciting finale of the ultra efficient energy competition which saw ITS Team 2, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, crowned the ultimate winners, the second Indonesian team to win in the three years the competition has been running.
From 5- 8 July, this free-to-public event, at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, hosted more than 15,000 guests from school groups to energy engaged millennials. The energy festival showcased award-winning entrepreneurs from Shell’s Bright Ideas Challenge and Ideas 360 development programmes. Attendees also saw futuristic vehicles built and driven by bright young engineers competing in the Shell Eco-marathon Europe and attended
a debate on the rise of the Smart cities.
A total of 147 teams from 27 different countries from Europe and beyond came to the capital to compete in Shell Eco-marathon Europe, one of the world’s most prestigious energy efficient engineering challenges. After spending the last 12 months designing, building and testing their energy-efficient vehicles, these engineers took to the purpose-built 945m circuit to go as far as they could on the equivalent of one litre of fuel or 1kWh of electricity.
The young engineers competed in two main categories – one for Prototype vehicles and the other for UrbanConcept cars.
Winners of the Prototype categories included team Microjoule-La Joliverie from Lycee Saint-Joseph La Joliverie, France who once again beat their competitors in the Internal Combustion category with a fuel consumption of 2,324 km/l. In the Battery Electric category, Spanish team Eco-Dimoni, I.E.S Cotes Baixes took home first place with a fuel consumption of 742 km/kWh, and team ThaiGer-H2-Racing Stralsund, University of Applied Sciences Stralsund won the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Award with their car that can travel 779 km/m3.
Competing on a shorter track compare to last year was technically challenging for UrbanConcept cars, reducing the amount of cruising time and increasing the number of stops required. French team INSA de Toulouse - Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III, still managed to triumph with their Battery Electric vehicle. They posted the only record this year in the UrbanConcept category with a fuel consumption result of 188 km/kwh. The Internal Combustion award went to DTU Roadrunners, Technical University of Denmark with a fuel consumption of 374 km/l. Turkish team UMAKIT, Uludag University won hydrogen category when their vehicle travelled 183km/m3.
The culmination of the global programme of Make the Future festivals is the Drivers’ World Championship series – a head-to-head race between the 2018 UrbanConcept winners from Americas, Asia and Europe – also returned to London for the third time. ITS Team 2, Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember took top position on the podium by crossing the line first after 10 laps of the track.
Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director said: “With a new track and a heatwave in London the European competition was more challenging than ever. However, the engineers competing in this event are always up to the challenge, and this year was no exception. We even saw the first autonomous teams successfully make it to the track in the European pilot. From what we have seen on track next year will be an exciting competition when the category is launched globally.”
DTU Roadrunners, from the Technical University of Denmark, were announced winners of the pilot Shell Eco-marathon Europe Autonomous UrbanConcept Category competition. They now become the official Shell Eco-marathon Autonomous Vehicle Ambassadors for the next
2 months to introduce the new category across the world.
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About Make the Future Festivals
Make the Future Festivals is Shell’s global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges. They provide an opportunity for students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments, and the public, to experience, test and share bright energy ideas.
About Shell Eco-marathon
Shell Eco-marathon is a global competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. The programme aims to inspire young people to become science and engineering leaders of the future.
Currently held in Asia, Americas and Europe, and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge and Drivers’ World Championship, the challenge for students is to design, build and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.
The competition dates back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager over who could travel furthest on the same amount of fuel. In 1985, the first Shell Eco-marathon Europe competition took place in France, welcoming 25 teams. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in Detroit and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held
in Malaysia. In 2018, the Shell Eco-marathon and Drivers’ World Championship competitions will be held in Singapore, California, and London, with London hosting the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final.