Student Teams Prepare For the Ultimate Extracurricular Activity


    
    Fifty vehicles from across the Americas will soon arrive for the 2010
Shell
    Eco-marathon Americas(TM) in Houston




    
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<p><span class="xn-location">HOUSTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">March 18</span> /CNW/ -- As most high school and college students are busy tackling tests or taking it easy during spring break, student teams from across the Americas are preparing for the ultimate extracurricular activity -- designing, building, and testing a vehicle that travels the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. After months of coordinating designs and constructing vehicles, 43 student teams -- among 9 high schools and 29 universities -- are putting the finishing touches on their vehicles for the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas energy challenge. These leaders of tomorrow, and their fuel-efficient creations, will soon take to the streets of downtown <span class="xn-location">Houston</span>, March 26-28 around Discovery Green Park.  We'll find out if these students can beat the 2,757.1 miles per gallon (1,172.2 kilometers per liter) achieved in 2009 by Laval University, but more than that, the students will grant us a glimpse into the fuels, technologies and transportation of tomorrow.</p>
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<p>"By participating in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, our team gets to take part in a rewarding program that helps us -- and other teams -- push the boundaries of fuel efficiency," said Maxime Lavigueur, Laval University team, winners of the 2009 Shell Eco-marathon Americas. "We're excited to get to the course in <span class="xn-location">Houston</span> and see if we can beat the mileage our team achieved last year. We're also really looking forward to seeing what the other teams built for 2010. We all bring different knowledge to the competition and getting to see what the other teams design is a big part of the fun."</p>
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<p>The Shell Eco-marathon is a global mileage challenge and forum for current and future leaders who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the world's energy challenge. Students are asked to design, build and test eco-friendly vehicles that travel further using less energy. After three years in Southern California, the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas is heading to <span class="xn-location">Houston</span>, the home of Shell's U.S. headquarters. This year, walkers, runners and cyclists at Discovery Green Park will be replaced by cars of the future as the student teams drive their fuel-efficient vehicles on the street track. This is the first time the Shell Eco-marathon Americas will be held on a street track, which presents new challenges in the urban street location, instead of the racetrack teams have competed on in the past. The event is also open to the public this year, so spectators can watch and cheer on the teams, or enjoy a variety of activities, including an art display by The Orange Show or a replica of the No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil NASCAR car.</p>
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<p>Similar to last year, student teams will participate in either the "Prototype" or "UrbanConcept" categories.  For the Prototype category, teams will enter futuristic prototypes -- streamlined vehicles that focus on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. For the UrbanConcept category, teams will enter 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. For both categories, teams can use any conventionally available energy source -- including fuels such as diesel, gasoline and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biomass and solar.</p>
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<p>From vehicle design to financing, student teams manage their projects from start to finish. The winning teams in both the Prototype and UrbanConcept categories receive a grand prize of <span class="xn-money">$5,000 USD</span> for their school. Shell will also have several "off-track" awards again this year, including a "People's Choice Award," the "Safety Award," "Technical Innovation Award" and "Eco-friendly Award," among others.</p>
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<p>The 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster includes 50 vehicles from 43 teams including 9 high schools and 29 universities from <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, <span class="xn-location">Italy</span> and the <span class="xn-location">United States</span> (Note: some teams listed below have multiple vehicle entries in different categories). The Prototype entries include 29 vehicles powered by combustion engines, two by diesel fuel, one by ethanol, five by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one by LPG and two by solar power.  The UrbanConcept entries include six vehicles powered by combustion engines, two by diesel fuel, one by fuel cell/hydrogen technology and one by solar power.</p>
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    The complete 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster is:

    Prototype Category: 40 Vehicles
    Combustion Engine: 29 Gasoline Vehicles

    
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<p>School         Location        Team Name     Vehicle Name     Energy Type</p>
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    Benton High
    School         Benton, La.     Tiger Tech    TBD              Gasoline
    
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    California
    Polytechnic
    State          San Luis        Cal Poly
    University     Obispo, Calif.  Supermileage  Black Widow      Gasoline
    (one team
    with two
    entries
    in different
    categories)
    
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    Cedarville     Cedarville,     Cedarville
    University     Ohio            Supermileage  Gold Lightning   Gasoline
    
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                                   Cedarville 
    Cedarville     Cedarville,     Supermileage
    University     Ohio            2             Slipstream       Gasoline
    
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    Colorado
    School
    of Mines       Golden, Colo.   Golden Bullet TBD
    
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    Dalhousie      Halifax, Nova   Dalhousie     Dalhousie
    University     Scotia          Supermileage  Supermileage     Gasoline
    
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    Grand Rapids   Grand Rapids,
    High School    Minn.           G Rock        TBD              Gasoline
    
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    Ecole de
    technologie    Montreal,       Evolution
    superieure     Quebec          Supermileage  Evo IV           Gasoline
    
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    Louisiana
    Tech                           La Tech
    University     Ruston, La.     Eco Car       De Leo           Gasoline
    (one team
    with three
    entries, one
    in this
    category)
     
    Loyola
    Marymount    Los Angeles,      LMU Eco Motor
    University   Calif.            Sports Club   Gen3             Gasoline
    
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    Loyola                         LMU Senior
    Marymount    Los Angeles,      Mechanical
    University   Calif.            Engineers     The True Gen3    Gasoline
    
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                                   Mater Dei
    Mater Dei                      Supermileage  6th Gen and
    High School  Evansville, Ind.  Team          TBD              Gasoline
    (one team
    with three
    vehicles,
    two in
    this category)     
                                                      
    Monrovia 
    High School                                  The Green  
    ROP          Monrovia, Calif.  Team Green    Machine          Gasoline
    
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    Northern
    Arizona                        Lumberjack
    University   Flagstaff, Ariz.  Racing        Cinder           Gasoline
    
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    Rose-
    Hulman
    Institute                      Rose-Hulman
    of                             Efficient
    Technology   Terre Haute, Ind. Vehicles      RHEV             Gasoline
    
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    Rose-
    Hulman
    Institute                      Rose-Hulman
    of                             Efficient
    Technology   Terre Haute, Ind. Vehicles Team RHEV 74          Gasoline
    
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    Universite                     Alerion
    Laval        Laval, Quebec     Supermileage  NTF 4.0          Gasoline
    
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    University
    of                             Cal
    California,                    SuperMileage
    Berkeley     Berkeley, Calif.  Vehicle Team  Bear Tracks      Gasoline
    
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    University
    of
    California,
    Los          Los Angeles,      UCLA
    Angeles      Calif.            Supermileage  TearDrop Mark II Gasoline
    
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    University
    of
    California,
    Santa        Santa Barbara,
    Barbara      Calif.            UCSB Gauchos  Gaucho IV        Gasoline
    
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    University
    of
    Colorado,                      CU-
    Boulder      Boulder, Colo.    L.A.T.E.R 2   F Cat            Gasoline
    
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    University
    of
    Houston      Houston, Texas    SAECO 2       Shasta-X         Gasoline
    
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    University
    of
    Illinois
    Champaign/                                   The Galloping
    Urbana       Urbana, Ill.      Eco- Illini   Ghost            Gasoline
    
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    University                     UOttawa
    of Ottawa    Ottawa, Ontario   Supermileage  Mk I             Gasoline
    
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    University
    of Texas,
    El Paso      El Paso, Texas    Saiko kikai   TBD              Gasoline
    
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                                   University
                                   of Toronto
    University   Toronto,          Eco-marathon
    of Toronto   Ontario           Club          Ayo              Gasoline
    
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    Wawasee
    High
    School       Syracuse, Ind.    Warriors      Repta-lathe      Gasoline
    
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    Wright
    State                          Raider
    University   Dayton, Ohio      Engineering   Eco-Raider       Gasoline

    Combustion Engine: Two Diesel Vehicles

    
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<p>School          Location        Team Name    Vehicle Name    Energy Type</p>
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    George M.
    Schurr High     Montebello,
    School          Calif.          Spartans     The Spartan     Diesel
    (one team with
    two entries)
    
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    Granite Falls   Granite Falls,
    High School     Wash.           Shop Girls   Iron Maiden     Diesel

    Combustion Engine: One Ethanol Vehicle

    
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<p>School          Location        Team Name    Vehicle Name    Energy Type</p>
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    Durand High                     Durand
    School          Durand, Wis.    Motorsports  Midnight Sun    Ethanol

    Fuel Cell: Five Vehicles

    
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<p>School         Location       Team Name      Vehicle Name     Energy Type</p>
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    Cicero North-                 Performance
    Syracuse                      Engineering
    High School    Cicero, N.Y.   Team           Pure Speed       Hydrogen
    
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    Lamar          Beaumont,
    University     Texas          LU Eco Racers  Kardinalstein    Hydrogen
    North
    Carolina
    A&T State      Greensboro,
    University     N.C.           Aggie          Eco Car          Hydrogen
    
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    Penn State     University     Blood, Sweat 
    University     Park, Pa.      and Gears      HFV              Hydrogen
    (one team
    with two
    entries)
    
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    University
    of Houston     Houston, Texas Element 1      Rat Rod 1        Hydrogen

    LPG: One Vehicle

    
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<p>School           Location            Team Name  Vehicle Name   Energy Type</p>
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    George M.
    Schurr High
    School           Montebello, Calif.  Spartans   mach 1         LPG
    (one team with
    two entries)

    Solar: Two Vehicles

    
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<p>School      Location         Team Name     Vehicle Name Energy Type</p>
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    Purdue      West Lafayette,  Purdue Solar
    University  Ind.             Racing        Pulsar       Solar
    
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    Politecnico
    di Milano   Milan, Italy     Mecc-SUN      Apollo       Solar


    UrbanConcept Category: 10 Vehicles
    Combustion Engine: Six Vehicles

    
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<p>School        Location         Team Name       Vehicle Name   Energy Type</p>
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    California
    Polytechnic
    State         San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly
    University    Calif.           Supermileage    Capax          Gasoline
    (one team
    with two
    entries
    in
    different
    categories)
    
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    Louisiana
    Tech                                           Red and
    University    Ruston, La.      Tech EcoCar     Blue           Gasoline
    (one team
    with three
    entries,
    two in
    this
    category)     
    
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    Mater Dei                      Mater Dei
    High           Evansville,     Supermileage 
    School         Ind.            Team            George         Gasoline
    (one team
    with three
    vehicles,
    one in
    this
    category)
    
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    Polytechnic
    Institute
    of NYU         Brooklyn, N.Y.   CONCEPT ZERO   CONCEPT ZERO   Gasoline
    
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    University
    of British
    Columbia       Vancouver, BC    UBCST          Argo           Gasoline

    Diesel: Two Vehicles

    
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    Granite
    Falls
    High        Granite Falls,                      Phillipe's
    School      Wash.             Urban Autos       Bulldozer     Diesel
    
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    Penn
    State       University Park,  Blood, Sweat and
    University  Pa.               Gears             Caroline      Diesel
    (one team
    with two
    entries)

    Fuel Cell: One Vehicle

    
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<p>School         Location         Team Name        Vehicle Name  Energy Type</p>
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    University of                   Mizzou Hydrogen
    Missouri       Columbia, Miss.  Car Team         Tigergen II   Hydrogen

    Solar: One Vehicle

    
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<p>School            Location      Team Name       Vehicle Name  Energy Type</p>
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    The University                  Arizona Solar
    of Arizona        Tucson, Ariz. Racing Team     SolarCat      Solar

    
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<p>To help ensure the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas is a successful event for all the student participants, Shell is pleased to welcome the 2010 event sponsors, including the City of <span class="xn-location">Houston</span>, Autodesk, Michelin, Pennzoil Ultra, and SKF USA Inc. The 2010 Americas event will also welcome others including Kateri Callahan, President of Alliance to Save Energy, and Peter Diamandis, Founder of the X Prize Foundation, who will join Shell CEO, Peter Voser, and Shell Oil Company President, <span class="xn-person">Marvin Odum</span>, for a series of events to discuss the energy challenge and promote action to achieve a sustainable energy future.</p>
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<p>With more than two successful decades in <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, this mileage challenge came back to the U.S. as the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in <span class="xn-chron">April 2007</span>. The Shell Eco-marathon concept started as the Shell Mileage Marathon in 1939 between employees of Shell at a research laboratory in Wood River, Illinois.</p>
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<p>In <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, the 2010 Shell Eco-marathon project will take place at the EuroSpeedway in Lausitz, <span class="xn-location">Germany</span> in early May. The 2009 European event attracted teams from 29 countries, with the winning teams hailing from <span class="xn-location">France</span>, <span class="xn-location">Denmark</span> and <span class="xn-location">Norway</span>. In Asia, more than 100 teams are gearing up for the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia, taking place in early July at the Sepang International Circuit in <span class="xn-location">Malaysia</span>.</p>
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<p>For more information on the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, please visit <a href="http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon">www.shell.com/ecomarathon</a>.</p>
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<p>Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of <span class="xn-location">Mexico</span>, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology.  Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 104,000 people and operating in more than 110 countries and territories.</p>
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