Shell Eco-marathon Fuel Efficiency Race Kicks Off in Houston
More than 1,100 students from 112 schools in the United States and four other countries converged on the U.S. energy capital this weekend to show it’s possible to design and drive vehicles that use far less fuel than cars on the road today. Of course, these space-age super high-mileage cars that will circle the streets of downtown Houston for the next two days in Shell Eco-marathon Americas are not usually built for comfort. Instead, through light weight, super aerodynamic design, and light-footed driving, the high school and college students compete for fuel efficiency.
Although the majority of teams use gasoline internal combustion engines, nearly 40 percent of the teams who registered chose to propel their vehicles with electricity or a hydrogen