Not Your Average Spring Break - Student Teams From Across the Americas Prepare to Help the World Use Less Fuel



    
    2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas welcomes 38 teams from the U.S., Canada
    and Mexico
    

    HOUSTON, March 31 /CNW/ -- While many "spring breakers" spend their time
enjoying some rest and relaxation with fellow students, 38 teams from across
the United States, Canada and Mexico are hard at work putting the finishing
touches on their high-mileage, fuel-saving prototype vehicles. After months of
plotting, planning and pushing the limits, these students are down to the wire
as they work to complete their vehicles for the 2008 Shell Eco- marathon(TM)
Americas - a global mileage challenge and forum for current and future leaders
who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the world's energy
challenge.
    "We realize the future of transportation ultimately depends on
alternative energy sources," said David Ulrich, student team leader of the Cal
Poly team, who set the Shell Eco-marathon Americas record in 2007 with an
astonishing 1,902.7 miles per gallon (809 kilometers per litre). "And as an
engineering student, being given the opportunity to design and build
fuel-efficient vehicles is an important part of gaining practical experience
for the future."
    Taking place April 10-12 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.,
the challenge tests students to design and build eco-friendly vehicles that
travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. From vehicle
design to financing, student teams manage their projects from start to finish.
The winning team receives a grand prize of US$10,000 dollars for their school.
    The 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster contains 38 teams from five
high schools and 24 universities from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The entries
include 28 vehicles powered by combustion engines, six by fuel cell/hydrogen
technology, one by diesel fuel, one by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and two by
solar power.

    The complete 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster is:

    
    Combustion Engine Entrants:
    School                Location       Team Name        Vehicle Name
    

    
    Barstow High School   Barstow,       The Aztecs Team  Grease Lighting
                          Calif.         II
    

    
    Barstow High School   Barstow,       Barstow High     The Az-Tech
                          Calif.         School
    

    
    California            San Luis       Cal Poly         Black Widow
     Polytechnic State    Obispo,        Supermileage
     University           Calif.
    

    
    California State      Los Angeles,   CSULA            Super Eagle II
     University,          Calif.         Supermileage
     Los Angeles
    

    
    Cedarville University Cedarville,    Yellow Jackets   Lightning III
                          Ohio
    

    
    Cedarville University Cedarville,    Yellow Jackets   Slipstream II
                          Ohio
    

    
    Centennial High       Corona County, Huskies          The Blur
     School               Calif.
    

    
    Colorado School of    Denver, Colo.  Ramblin Wreck    Peanut Butter
     Mines
    

    
    Grand Rapids          Grand Rapids,  G-Rock           Spirit of Columbia
     Technical School     Minn.
    

    
    Lamar University      Beaumont,      Team Havoc       Wicked 1
                          Texas
    

    
    Lamar University      Beaumont,      Team Full Of It  Lamar Prototype
                          Texas                           Vehicle
    

    
    Louisiana State       Baton Rouge,   Tiger Racing     Chitty Chitty Bang
     University           La.                             Bang
    

    
    Louisiana Tech        Ruston, La.    LA Tech Bulldogs De Donderhond
     University
    

    
    Loyola Marymount      Los Angeles,   The Lion         The Roar
    University            Calif.
    

    
    Mater Dei High School Evansville,    Mater Dei        5th Gen
                          Ind.           Supermileage
                                         Team
    

    
    Mater Dei High School Evansville,    Mater Dei        6th Gen
                          Ind.           Supermileage
                                         Team
    

    
    Northern Arizona      Flagstaff,     Team SAE@NAU     The Hot Pocket
     University           Ariz.
    

    
    Northern Arizona      Flagstaff,     NAU Efficient    Efficient Vehicle
     University           Ariz.          Vehicle
    

    
    Rose-Hulman Institute Terre Haute,   Rose-Hulman      RHEV 74
     of Technology        Ind.           Efficient
                                         Vehicles
    

    
    Universidad Nacional  Mexico City,   Escuderia Puma   Puma Azteca
     Autonoma de Mexico - Mexico         Unam
     Facultad de
     Ingenieria
    

    
    Universite Laval      Laval, Quebec, Alerion          PSD 2.2
                          Canada         Supermileage
    

    
    University of British Vancouver,     UBC Supermileage UBCST
     Columbia             British        Team
                          Columbia
    

    
    University of         Berkeley,      Cal SMV          Papa Bear
     California,          Calif.
     Berkeley
    

    
    University of         Los Angeles,   Supermileage     The Enterprise
     California, Los      Calif.
     Angeles
    

    
    University of         Santa Barbara, UCSB Gauchos     Gaucho 1
     California,          Calif.
    Santa Barbara
    

    
    University of         Boulder, Colo. Mile High Club   F-CAT
     Colorado, Boulder
    

    University of Houston Houston, Texas UH Cougars       Red Streak

    
    University Of Texas,  El Paso, Texas Miner Dilema     Chimichanga
     El Paso
    


    
    Fuel Cell Entrants:
    School                 Location      Team Name        Vehicle Name
    

    
    Lamar University       Beaumont,     FullThrottle
                           Texas                          1602
    

    
    Los Altos High School  Hacienda      LAAE A           Infusion I
                           Heights,
                           Calif.
    

    
    Los Altos High School  Hacienda      LAAE B           Infusion II
                           Heights,
                           Calif.
    

    
    Los Altos High School  Hacienda      LAAE C           High Voltage
                           Heights,
                           Calif.
    

    
    Penn State University  University    Penn State HFV   Bad to the Bond
                           Park,
                           Pa.
    

    
    University of Victoria Victoria,     H2Drive          UVic Fuel Cell
                           British                        Vehicle
                           Columbia
    


    
    Diesel Entrant:
    School                Location       Team Name        Vehicle Name
    

    
    College of the        Eureka, Calif. Diesel Corsair   Diesel Corsair
    Redwoods
    


    
    LPG Entrant:
    School                Location      Team Name        Vehicle Name
    

    
    Schurr High School    Montebello,   Spartans         Mach 1
                          Calif.
    


    
    Solar Entrants:
    School                 Location       Team Name        Vehicle Name
    

    
    Centennial High School Corona County, Huskies          The Flash
                           Calif.
    Purdue University      West           Purdue Solar     Pulsar
                           Lafayette,     Racing
                           Ind.
    
    To help ensure the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas is a successful event
for all the student participants, Shell is pleased to welcome the 2008 event
sponsors:
    SKF USA Inc. - As one of the leading global suppliers of products,
solutions and services in the areas of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics,
services and lubrication systems, SKF is providing up to $1,000 in equipment
and engineering support for the student teams (www.skfusa.com).
    Autodesk - Autodesk, a world leader in design innovation technology, is
recognized as a Shell Eco-marathon global sponsor. Autodesk, Inc. is the world
leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and
construction, and media and entertainment markets (www.autodesk.com).
    Michelin - Michelin, a sponsor of Shell Eco-marathon in Europe, is
providing low-rolling resistance tires for use in the competition and offering
them to the student teams at a discounted rate. Michelin is also engaging
students to understand how tires effect fuel economy and how the same
principles relate their project cars to vehicles in the real-world
(www.michelinman.com).
    Pennzoil - Pennzoil is providing one quart of Pennzoil Platinum (R) full
synthetic motor oil for each student team, along with technical support. The
active cleansing agents in Pennzoil Platinum(R) help remove built-up dirt and
deposits 3X better than the leading conventional oil*. Pennzoil is the most
preferred motor oil brand in America, and its line of quality products meets
or exceeds industry specifications to offer exceptional engine protection.
(www.pennzoil.com).
    With many successful years in Europe, the Shell Eco-marathon came back to
the U.S. as the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in April 2007. The Eco-marathon
concept started as the Shell Mileage Marathon in 1939 between employees of
Shell at a research laboratory in Wood River, Illinois. Today, the Americas
event extends to student teams from across North and South America.
    In Europe, the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon project will take place May 22-24
at the Nogaro Circuit, France. The 2007 European event attracted teams from 20
countries, with the winning teams hailing from Denmark, France, the
Netherlands and Norway.
    For more information on the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, please visit
www.shell.com/us/ecomarathon.
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    * Based on a severe sludging test using SAE 5W-30.
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