Shell Enlists Student Teams from North and South America to participate in
the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon(TM) Americas
HOUSTON, Nov. 15 /CNW/ -- Can your vehicle get more than 1,900 miles per
gallon? Because the winner of the 2007 Shell Eco-marathon(TM) Americas can.
Whether your vehicle runs on gasoline, liquid petroleum gas, biofuels,
compressed natural gas or hydrogen, Shell invites you to enter the 2008 Shell
Eco-marathon Americas and set a new mileage record. The event challenges
student teams to build prototype vehicles using conventional or alternative
fuels to see who can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of
fuel. Last year's winner -- Cal Poly San Luis Obispo -- built a prototype
vehicle that achieved an astonishing 1902.7 miles per gallon, which sets the
bar high for the 2008 challenge.
"The Shell Eco-marathon challenges the way the world uses and thinks
about fuel, and inspires innovative thinking in the minds of tomorrow's
leaders and engineers," said David Sexton, President of Shell Oil Products
U.S. "We're sponsoring the event to promote fuel efficiency and are looking
for student participants who are passionate about finding environmentally and
socially responsible ways to help us meet the energy challenge head-on."
Student teams -- usually eight people -- manage their projects from start
to finish. From vehicle design to financing, teams will gain practical
experience, while applying skills in science, technology, mathematics,
business and design. The winning team will receive a grand prize of $10,000
that will be awarded to the team's educational institution. There are also
first-, second- and third-place prizes for vehicles in several fuel
This year's event is open to teams from North and South America; and to
date, nearly 50 schools are on board. The roster includes teams from Canada,
Brazil and the United States, with vehicles powered by conventional, hydrogen,
and solar energies.
The 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas will take place April 10-13 at the
California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. So what are you waiting for? Interested
teams can find the event application, rules, hotline number, history and more
at http://www.shell.com/ecomarathon. Registration for the 2008 events is open.
Shell has hosted the Shell Eco-marathon for more than 20 years, with
events in the Americas and Europe.
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