The 2016 edition of the Shell Eco-Marathon returned to Detroit, challenging high school and college students from all over to design and build super fuel-efficient vehicles. Split between two categories, teams can construct either a Prototype, a low-slung vehicle aiming for extreme efficiency, or an UrbanConcept that looks more like a traditional road-going car. Within each category, teams select from seven forms of propulsion energy including gas, diesel, ethanol, compressed natural gas, gas-to-liquids and ethanol. If teams opt for an electric powertrain, they can go with battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell.
Car Tech covers the new models and concept cars shown off at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in blogs, photo galleries, and video.
The Shell Eco-Marathon brings wild-looking cars to the streets of Detroit in a bid for a more fuel-sipping automotive future.
For the second year, the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas returned to Detroit, with hundreds of high school and college students attacking automotive fuel efficiency head-on. With teams capable of achieving hundreds (sometimes thousands) of miles per gallon, the future of the car -- and the future of the Motor City -- looks bright.
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