This year's 28 annual student competition Shell Eco-marathon Europe for the lowest consumption took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands, for the first time.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the most innovative and challenging student competitions, which takes place in Europe, America and Asia every year. The task for high school and college student teams from around the world is to design and build the most energy efficient vehicles. Already 28 annual European competition was held from 17 to 19 May, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Competition moved from race tracks to an urban track – right to the city streets – for the first time in history and the public had a chance to watch the race from immediate closeness.
Almost 200 teams from 21 European countries participated in the race. The competition was traditionally split in two categories – Prototypes (futuristic aerodynamic vehicles) and UrbanConcept (urban-type vehicles built according to road specifications that meet the current drivers needs). Both categories drove various types of drives – from gasoline, ethanol, GTL (gas-to-liquid), hydrogen to solar or battery power.
This year students had to deal with the difficulties of a new track, which also included five 90° corners. The teams relied more on their driving skills – braking, acceleration and cornering influenced up to 50% of the final result. Driving in the streets also proved car’s practical utility on public roads.