Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2012 Open for Registration

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    HIGH SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY STUDENTS INVITED TO BUILD AND DESIGN
    SUPER-MILEAGE VEHICLES




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HOUSTON, Sept. 7, 2011 /CNW/ -- On your mark. Get set. Go. The sixth annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 is now open for registration to students across North and South America. This super-mileage challenge, created by Shell, is designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing fuel efficiency and transportation performance. The challenge builds on recent government announcements such as the historic U.S. fuel standard for cars and light trucks, which will bring fuel efficiency to 54.6 miles per gallon by 2025. To help meet the growing energy demand and reduce future CO2 emissions, Shell Eco-marathon challenges participants to design, build, and test vehicles to go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy.

From March 29 through April 1, 2012, the challenge will again take place on the streets of downtown Houston, the energy capital of the world. Shell Eco-marathon is held globally in a variety of locations and provides engineers of tomorrow the opportunity to put their energy efficiency ideas to the test.

Last year's Shell Eco-marathon Americas' winner in the Prototype class, Universite Laval from Quebec, Canada, achieved an astonishing 2,564 miles per gallon, beating their performance from the year before by 77 mpg. And in the UrbanConcept class, the team from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, La. took First Prize by achieving a best run of 646.7 mpg.

"Every year, our team looks forward to the school year starting so that we can begin planning, designing and building vehicles for Shell Eco-marathon Americas," said Dan Ritter from Mater Dei High School. "What started as a small group of boys getting together after school to build a car has turned into a 25 member student club with four vehicles and a team working all school year to get ready. To say we get excited about Shell Eco-marathon season would be an understatement!"

Student teams are encouraged to participate in one or both of the "Prototype" and "UrbanConcept" classes in Shell Eco-marathon. The "Prototype" class invites student teams to enter futuristic prototypes - streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. The "UrbanConcept" class focuses on more "roadworthy" fuel-efficient vehicles. Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on roads today. In the Americas event for both classes, teams can use a range of seven official energy sources - including fuels such as diesel and gasoline as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, ethanol, FAME, solar and battery electric.

"With the recent increase in CAFE standards, Shell Eco-marathon highlights what future generations can help to achieve," said Mark Singer, Global Project Manager. "As energy demand increases globally, the challenge continues to be a timely and relevant project for students to help find solutions that positively impact how we use and think about energy."

Interested teams are invited to sign-up for a chance to stake their claim in next year's challenge! For more information on all 2012 events across the globe, including official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.

Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l), and from these humble origins, a more organized competition evolved. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia.

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    About Shell Oil Company
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Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. We deliver a diverse range of energy solutions and petrochemicals to customers worldwide. These include transporting and trading oil and gas, marketing natural gas, producing and selling fuel for ships and planes, generating electricity and providing energy efficiency advice.

We also produce and sell petrochemical building blocks to industrial customers globally, and we are investing in making renewable and lower-carbon energy sources competitive for large-scale use. In the U.S., we operate in 50 states and employ more than 20,000 people delivering energy in a responsible manner.

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