November 16, 2007

Shell enlists student teams to participate in the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas

Houston, Texas – Fifty student teams, including those from Canada, Brazil and the United States, are already on board for the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas. 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 1,902.7 miles per gallon (US).

“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.”

The winning team receives a grand prize of US$10,000, awarded to the team’s educational institution. The 2008 event will take place April 10-13, 2008 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. Applications, rules and a hotline number can be found at

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