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Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.





    Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students around the world to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. With three annual events in Asia, Americas and Europe, student teams take to the track to see who goes further with the least amount of fuel.

    Driving the future of mobility

    After a year of preparation, bright young engineers have just a few days to battle it out in urban circuits, driving self-built cars for supreme energy efficiency.


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    Team registration

    Register here if your team wants to join Shell Eco-marathon Asia, Americas or Europe.

    Shell Eco-marathon Team registration

    How does it work?

    Vehicle classes and energy categories

    The competition is split into two classes or categories. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars are also divided by energy type:

    • Internal combustion engine fuels include petrol, diesel, liquid fuel made from natural gas and ethanol.
    • In the electric mobility category, vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells and lithium-based batteries.

    The mileage competition

    Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of fuel.

    Cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency and name a winner in each class and for each energy source.

    Off-track awards recognise other achievements including safety, teamwork and design.

    The competition inspires the engineers of the future to turn their vision of sustainable mobility into reality, if only for a few days. It also sparks passionate debate about what could one day be possible for cars on the road.

    A bit of history

    The competition dates back to 1939 when Shell Oil Company employees in the USA made a friendly wager over who could travel furthest on the same amount of fuel. Since then it has expanded to two more continents, includes many energy types and sparks passionate debate around the future of energy and mobility.

    The competition rules

    The Shell Eco-marathon rules have been carefully created by the Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Team to enable safe, technically sound and fair competition in all events.

    The Shell Eco-marathon 2017 Global Rules, Chapter 1 are applicable to the competition in all three main events: Asia, Americas and Europe. The rules have been updated to increase the technical challenges and the opportunities to discover and further explore new technologies, as well as to increase the safety standards of the competition.

    See the regional For participants sections to download the regional set of rules.

    Around the world: 2018 calendar

    The Shell Eco-marathon annual calendar is completed by a series of challenger events that give teams the opportunity to practice and fine-tune their vehicles ahead of the main competition.

    Find out more about the Challenger events.


    Where should you compete?

    Shell Eco-marathon is open to full-time high school and university students. The eligibility details are available on the Chapter 1 Rules. But see below an indication of where you should join the competition:

    Shell Eco-marathon Asia has received teams from several countries, including: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, Chinese Taipei, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, United Arab Emirates and Vietnam.

    Please contact the Shell Eco-marathon Asia team if you have any queries.

    Prizes and awards

    In Shell Eco-marathon teams can win for their both on and off-track. The competition values the hard work that the teams put into their vehicle and encourages them to think of their team as a holistic project, from the scrap book to the track.

    On-track Awards

    The winners are the teams that go further, on the least amount of energy. All on-track prizes and trophies below are awarded in each energy type and in both categories: Prototype and UrbanConcept. See below the list of Shell Eco-marathon On-Track Awards.

    • Gasoline
    • Diesel
    • Alternative Fuel
    • CNG (Compressed Natural Gas)
    • Battery-electric
    • Hydrogen fuel cell

    For details of awards, please refer to the Shell Eco-marathon Global Rules, Chapter 1.

    Off-track Awards

    The winners are the teams that demonstrate strong knowledge and effort in six different categories. Teams may choose to apply for a maximum of two Off-track Awards; or for three if one application is for the Safety Award.  See the list of Off-track Awards below:

    • Communications Award
    • Vehicle Design Award (Prototype)
    • Vehicle Design Award (UrbanConcept)
    • Technical Innovation Award
    • Perseverance & Spirit of the event Award (teams cannot apply to this award)

    For details and information on how to apply, please refer to the Shell Eco-marathon Global Rules,  Please Visit – http://www.shell.com/energy-and-innovation/shell-ecomarathon.html


    Shell Eco-marathon Asia runs under two sets of rules: Shell Eco-marathon Global Rules 2018, Chapter I and Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 Rules, Chapter II:

    • The Shell Eco-marathon Global Rules 2018, Chapter I contain all technical rules and specifications for teams to build their vehicle. It also includes information about the On-track and Off-track Awards.
    • The Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 Rules, Chapter II contain details about safety, competition and the schedule of events. This document is specific to Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

    Remember to read the rules carefully before applying for the competition!

    Download: Shell Eco-marathon 2018 Global Rules, Chapter I

    The Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 Rules, Chapter II will be available in November 2017.

    Teams must also refer to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 Participant Handbook for specific details on logistics for the event, such as accommodation, shipping, food and parking.

    The Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 Participant Handbook will be available in January 2018.


    The registration process for Shell Eco-marathon Asia consists of 3 different phases:

    • Phase 1: Team interest and information
    • Phase 2: Technical information
    • Phase 3: Logistics Off-track Award applications

    Teams interested in participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia should be aware of the following information:

    • A team must consist of a maximum of 10 team members, including the team manager, one faculty advisor and chaperones.
    • Participants must be enrolled in a school or institution at the time of the event.
    • The team manager should be able to speak and understand English as he/she will be coordinating with the organisers throughout the event.
    • Each team is responsible for all other costs and expenses associated with participating in the event i.e. travel from home country to Singapore and back, building and freighting cost for vehicle, hotel/accommodation, etc.

    Teams must register on the Shell Eco-marathon registration website.

    The track

    Find out more about the track by downloading the map below.

    The Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 track map will be available in September 2017.


    Agility Fairs and Events are the official freight-forwarding partner for all Shell Eco-marathon competitions globally. Before arranging freight for your vehicle, visit Agility’s dedicated Shell Eco-marathon website or contact Agility directly for more information.

    What if you have more questions?

    If you still have any questions, please contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or leave a comment on the Shell Eco-marathon Asia Facebook group.

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