Eco-marathon participants celebrate

Shell Eco-marathon: Brilliant minds coming together to help build a lower carbon world.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global academic programme focused on energy optimisation and one of the world’s leading student engineering competitions. Over the past 35 years, the programme has consistently brought to life Shell’s mission of powering progress by providing more and cleaner energy solutions. The global academic programme brings together Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) students from across the globe to design, build and operate some of the world’s most energy-efficient vehicles. All in the name of collaboration and innovation, as students’ bright ideas help to shape a lower carbon future for all.

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About Shell Eco-marathon

A rich history of innovation and inspiration

The competition dates back to 1939, when Bob Greenshields, Shell’s Research Director, made a friendly wager with his colleagues to see who could get the best fuel economy from road cars adapted to maximise energy efficiency. Bob achieved 49 MPG, setting a record and creating a legacy that has lasted the distance.

Shell Eco-marathon officially launched in 1985, when 25 teams gathered in France to pit their wooden vehicles against one another in a format that laid the foundations for the competition we now know and love.

The track competition has come a long way since then and today’s teams can choose from an array of energy options, from battery electric to hydrogen fuel cell, using different materials, from advanced carbon fibre to bamboo. In 2020 and 2021 with the cancellation of live events, Shell Eco-marathon made the transition to a virtual programme, resulting in great achievements over several odds. But one thing that hasn’t changed is our commitment to provide STEM students with a platform to collaborate and learn, to help shape a lower carbon world.

To date, more than 100,000 students from hundreds of universities in over 60 countries have participated and the legacy of Shell Eco-marathon is clear to see. Meet the teams from previous seasons and read their inspirational stories with real-world impact on the STEM global community.

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Our Partners


Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Microsoft is supporting the Shell Eco-marathon programme with Pitch the Future, developing, judging and awarding one of the four real-world challenges designed to challenge the student teams to use the STEM skills they’ve been honing.


Nissan is a Japanese automotive manufacturer that provides unique and innovative automotive products and services to help enrich people’s lives. Nissan’s Formula E program demonstrates the performance side of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – the company’s forward-looking vision for changing how cars are powered, driven and connected into society.

Nissan is supporting the Shell Eco-marathon off-track awards as well as hosting a virtual learning session designed to support our Shell Eco-marathon participants and the wider STEM community. Tommaso Volpe, Nissan Global Motorsport Director, will help educate audiences on how to build a career in motorsport.


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.

DSV Solutions

DSV Solutions (formerly known as Agility Fairs & Events) is one of the world’s leading logistics companies and is recognised in the top 4% of the logistics industry for environmental sustainability.

DSV Solutions 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.

Schmid Elektronik

Schmid Elektronik is a supplier of industrial electronics, embedded systems and IOT applications. For proof of concepts, prototypes, MVP's (Minimum Viable Products) and series products.

As a key partner of the Shell Eco-marathon data & technology team, Schmid offers development services and onsite support for the telemetry system being used at the World Championship.


DuPont is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life.

DuPont is proud to support Shell Eco-marathon by supplying personal protective equipment (PPE) to teams attending live events - which include Tyvek® 500 coveralls, and cut and heat-resistant gloves made with Kevlar®. Our technical and safety experts will provide education and support assessing the overall health and safety and team compliance during track competitions.