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.
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.
Car runs 6,786 miles per gallon, beating out hydrogen-powered vehicles at the Shell Eco-marathon in Europe. Racing at 6,786 miles per gallon