Student teams from 24 countries will gather in London for Shell Eco-marathon Europe, part of a global competition challenging young people to push the boundaries of energy efficiency.
More than 140 ultra-energy-efficient vehicles are expected to compete on a new 970-metre, custom-built track at London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as the UK hosts the competition for the third consecutive year. The event will be held from Thursday July 5 to Sunday July 8 2018.
"The London track is particularly challenging for all teams," says Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director. "We saw incredibly strong performance, determination and team spirit last year and expect this year's event to be equally exciting."
Driving energy efficiency
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world's leading energy-efficiency competitions and is designed for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions.
It challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car they can. The teams use a variety of energy types, ranging from petrol and diesel, to electric batteries and hydrogen fuel cell.
The competition inspires students to become leading engineers of the future to turn their visions for more sustainable transport into reality.
The vehicle designs for competitors fall into two categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency.
Energy efficiency is also important for the UrbanConcept category, but this class encourages more practical car-like designs.
In one of the contests, called The Mileage Competition, UrbanConcept and Prototype cars attempt to travel the farthest on the least amount of energy. Competing cars will cover 15 laps around the circuit at a set speed. There are two turns per lap – one at 180° and another at 90°.
Technical experts calculate their energy efficiency and identify the winner in each class and for each type of energy.
Last year's Prototype category winners included French team Microjoule-La Joliverie, who beat their competitors in the Internal Combustion category with a fuel consumption of 2,503 km/l (5,887 miles/gallon).
In the UrbanConcept category another French team from INSA de Toulouse was awarded for an internal combustion engine that recorded a world record breaking fuel consumption of 684km/l (1,609 miles/gallon).
The Drivers' World Championship
The culmination of Shell Eco-marathon is the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final - a head-to-head race between the 2018 UrbanConcept winners from Americas, Asia as well as Europe.