And they’re off! The U of D Jesuit Shell Eco-Car team will be competing in the Shell Eco-marathon from April 24-27 in Houston, Texas. This is the second year U of D Jesuit will be competing in the event, with this year’s team having two vehicles in the competition – gasoline powered and electric. The team is looking to improve their performance from 2013, which saw the team build a gasoline powered vehicle that got over 258 miles on a single gallon. “It’s a great project,” says teacher and faculty advisor Michael Bindon. “Students learn so much from the design right through to the final drive.” This year’s course will take the teams through Discover Green, a public park in downtown Houston, with a total distance of six miles.
The Shell Eco-marathon brings together over 130 high school and college teams from across the United States and around the world, including Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, challenging students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. From designing the initial concept, to building their innovative designs, this event challenges students to take their fuel-efficient creations and compete with schools from across the continents to see who can travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. Some of teams this year hail from such prestigious institutions, such as Harvard, University of Michigan, University of California-Berkeley, UCLA, and Duke University.
Earlier this month, Shell, in conjunction with Detroit mayor Mike Duggan, announced that the Shell Eco-marathon competition will be moving to downtown Detroit starting in 2015.
Good luck to the Eco-Car team in Houston!