A Canadian competitor in the Shell Eco-Marathon
A Canadian competitor in the Shell Eco-Marathon.

Houston, Texas – Thirty-eight student teams from across North America, including three from Canada, will be competing in the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas mileage challenge in April. The event requires students to design and build eco-friendly vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.

The marathon record was set in 2007 by Cal Poly, whose vehicle achieved 1,902.7 mpg US (809 km per litre).

The event will take place April 10 to 12 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. Students manage their projects from start to finish, including vehicle design and financing. The winning team receives a grand prize of US$10,000 for its school. This year, 38 teams from five high schools and 24 universities in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico will compete. Of the vehicles entered, 28 use combustion engines, six use fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one is diesel, one is liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and two are solar-powered.

The Canadian entrants are combustion-engine vehicles built by the Universite Laval in Quebec and the University of British Columbia, and a fuel cell vehicle built by the University of Victoria in British Columbia. For more information, visit Shell.com.

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