For the second year in a row, the student team from Laval University in Quebec, Canada took home the grand prize at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, taking top place in the 2010 competition with 2,487.5 miles per gallon US (0.095 L/100km) in the “Prototype” category. And in the “UrbanConcept” category, the team from Mater Dei High School in Evansville, Indiana took the grand prize for the second year in a row by achieving 437.2 mpg US (0.538 L/100km).
|The winning Université Laval vehicle. Click to enlarge.|
The challenge kicked off on Saturday, 27 March with 48 vehicles testing on the Houston, Texas street course. This year’s challenge brought together a number of returning teams determined to beat the winning 2,757.1 mpg achieved by Laval University in 2009, combined with a number of new teams adding fresh innovation and vehicle designs to the competition.
Student teams were invited to participate in either the Prototype or UrbanConcept categories. For the Prototype category, teams entered futuristic prototypes—streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. For the UrbanConcept category, teams entered more roadworthy fuel-efficient vehicles. Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the cars seen on roads today. For both categories, teams can use any conventionally available energy source, including fuels such as diesel, gasoline and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biomass and solar.
The 2010 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster contained 42 teams from 9 high schools and 28 universities from across the Americas. Additionally, one guest team from Italy joined the roster with their Prototype vehicle.
The Prototype entries included 28 vehicles powered by combustion engines, five by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, two by solar power, and two by diesel fuel. The UrbanConcept entries included six vehicles powered by combustion engines, two by diesel fuel, one by fuel cell/hydrogen and one by solar power.