Eco-marathon participants celebrate

2020 Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Programme update:

The global impacts of COVID-19 have meant that all physical events in 2020 have been cancelled. However, while we can’t gather around a track, we’re delighted to share the latest on the alternative Shell Eco-marathon virtual programme.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global academic programme focused on energy optimisation.

For over 35 years it has addressed the growing need for more and cleaner energy solutions in the real world, empowering talented and passionate science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students with a platform to put their own theories and ideas into action.

The core challenge is for student teams to design and build cars, and then take them into competition to achieve game-changing energy efficiency results. They must apply technical innovation and consider human behavioural factors to excel, with some teams reaching equivalent results of over 3,700km on one litre of fuel – that’s a bit like driving from London to Rome and back again on just one single litre of fuel!

About Shell Eco-marathon

Netherlands team gather around their car

Shell Eco-marathon: Competition types

There are a number of different competitions and events within the Shell Eco-marathon programme. Here’s a breakdown of the various competitions teams can apply to take part in.

Find out about competitions
Engineers work on car

Shell Eco-marathon rules: Download here

Building an energy-efficient vehicle is only half the journey. Teams must also complete several design phases, pass a technical inspection, as well as adhering to track rules. Find them all here.

Read the Shell Eco-marathon rules


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Shell Eco-marathon: Everything you need to know

Get the lowdown on Shell’s unique global student engineering programme

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Global partners


Agility is one of the world’s leading logistics companies and is recognised in the top 4% of the logistics industry for environmental sustainability.

Agility supports Shell Eco-marathon participants by safely and efficiently delivering their vehicles to competition locations around the world.


Altair is a global technology company that provides software and cloud solutions in product development, high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics.

Altair is proud to support Make the Future by supplying licenses, training and support for Altair HyperWorks™ to all teams competing in the Shell Eco-marathon events.


Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks is a global leader in 3D computer-aided design software to enable businesses and people to imagine sustainable innovations, and is recognised as one of the world’s most sustainable companies.

Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks supports Make the Future with sponsorship of the Shell Eco-marathon.


HP’s vision is to create technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere: every person, every organization, and every community around the globe.

HP supports Shell Eco-marathon by providing IT infrastructure to support the delivery of the programme.


Southwest Research Institute® is a not-for-profit research and development organisation that works with government and industry to provide solutions to some of the world’s most challenging scientific and engineering problems.

SWRI supports Shell Eco-marathon by providing technical inspection expertise as well as off-track technical innovation award sponsorship.