Houston, Texas – The sixth annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2012 super-high-mileage challenge is now open for registration to students across North and South America. A Quebec team took top honours in the Prototype class in last year’s event.

The challenge is designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing fuel efficiency and transportation performance. The student teams must design, build and test vehicles that go the farthest distance on the least amount of energy. The challenge will take place March 29 to April 1, 2012 in Houston, Texas.

Last year’s Prototype class winner, Universite Laval, achieved 2,564 miles per gallon, beating their performance from the year before by 77 mpg. In the UrbanConcept class, the team from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana took first prize with a best run of 646.7 mpg.

The Prototype class invites student teams to enter futuristic prototypes that maximize fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, while the UrbanConcept class focuses on vehicles that meet the real-life needs of drivers and are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on roads today. Both classes can use a range of seven official energy sources, including diesel, gasoline, hydrogen, ethanol, biofuel, solar and battery electric.

Interested teams can find official rules and instructions for registration at Shell Eco-marathon.

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