Make the Future California Featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas Fact Sheet
Shell will welcome more than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America to Make the Future California featuring Shell Eco-marathon Americas at Sonoma Raceway.
Make the Future California provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation around the world's energy challenges, as part of a global series of events through 2018. For the past 30 years, Shell Eco-marathon, one of the world's leading energy efficiency competitions for students, has been challenging future engineers and scientists to go the farthest with the least amount of energy.
Shell Eco-marathon is a global program built to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop ideas and technology, knowledge and skills, within an arena of competition. Currently held in Asia, the Americas and Europe and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge and Drivers' World Championship, students from countries across their respective regions use innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars. Looking at every aspect of design and technology, students compete to prove that their bright ideas will produce the most energy-efficient vehicle when tested on the track.
April 19-22, 2018
Student teams will compete on a newly-created .99-mile, five-turn course comprising the raceway's start/finish straight, iconic Esses and a hairpin turn at Turn 11.
Student teams have been working for months to plan and construct their ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. By maximizing elements such as streamlined design, lightweight materials and driving strategy, teams aim to set new fuel-efficiency records in two Shell Eco-marathon competitions:
- Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge: Students compete to see whose vehicle design can go the farthest on the least amount of fuel.
- Drivers' World Championship Regional Final: Energy efficiency and speed unite in a race to be crowned the regional champion and secure a place in the Drivers' World Championship Grand Final, which will be held in London, 2018.
Student teams can participate in one of two vehicle categories:
- The Prototype: Challenges teams to enter futuristic, streamlined vehicles designed purely to reduce friction and maximize efficiency.
- The UrbanConcept: Focuses on more "roadworthy" energy-efficient vehicles.
For both vehicle categories, teams can choose one of three drivetrains based on five official energy sources:
- Internal combustion: gasoline, diesel, and ethanol
- Hydrogen fuel cell
- Battery electric technologies
More than 1,000 students from 99 high schools and universities across North and South America will participate in the event. Highlighted teams include:
- Local entries from the University of California, Berkeley, California State University Sacramento and California Polytechnic State University.
- Université Laval from Quebec, Canada, which last year recorded 2,731.1 miles per gallon equivalent with its ultra-energy-efficient gasoline powered prototype vehicle for first place in their energy and vehicle category.
- Mater Dei Supermileage Team, returning for their 12th time in the competition, recorded top energy efficiency stats with 723.4 miles per gallon in their gasoline-powered UrbanConcept vehicle last year.
- Louisiana Tech University, which won the Vehicle Design Award in 2017 with its custom-designed UrbanConcept car, will aim to take top honors again.
- Additional international entries include teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Guatemala, Brazil and Argentina.
Shell events around to Make the Future California will foster dialogue about future energy challenges and near-term solutions, including:
- Powering Progress Together, April 19: Shell will convene leading thinkers in San Francisco at an action-focused event aimed to foster conversation about the future of energy. The event will invite fresh thinking, and encourage collaboration, dialogue and debate.
- Shell B2B Showcase: Various businesses within Shell will be featured on site, such as Shell's New Energies group based in San Francisco, showcasing hydrogen and electric automotive mobility; Shell Lubricants and its hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 tractor-trailer, the Starship Initiative; and the nearby Shell Martinez Refinery.
Admission to the Make the Future California event is FREE. For more information, visit www.SonomaRaceway.com or www.shell.us/energy-and-innovation/shell-ecomarathon-americas.
AT-TRACK SCHEDULE (All times Pacific and subject to change):
Thursday, April 19
9 a.m-4 p.m. Make the Future Festival Open
2 p.m.-6 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas practice runs
Friday, April 20
8:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas practice runs
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Make the Future Festival Open
11 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas Opening Ceremonies
2:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas practice runs
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas UrbanConcept Competition (session 1)
Saturday, April 21
8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas Prototype Competition (session 1)
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Make the Future Festival Open
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas UrbanConcept Competition (session 2)
1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas Prototype Competition (session 2)
4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas UrbanConcept Competition (session 3)
Sunday, April 22
8 a.m.-9 a.m. Shell Eco-marathon Americas UrbanConcept Competition (session 4)
9:30 a.m.- Noon. Shell Eco-marathon Americas Prototype Competition (session 3)
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make the Future Festival Open
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m. Drivers' World Championship Regional Race
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Awards & Closing Ceremony