Shell Eco-marathon mini events: a safe way back to the track.

Track-based competitions are the cornerstone of Shell Eco-marathon. There is nothing quite like designing and building your own ultra-energy-efficient car and then putting it to the test on an actual track - competing against other student teams from all over the world!

We want students to experience this again, all while still ensuring the health and safety of our participants by taking into careful consideration the impacts of COVID-19.

The new Shell Eco-marathon mini events are designed to address these concerns. These will be smaller, more accessible events to take place where and when it is safely possible across the regions, in line with the required global and local health and safety guidelines.

Provisionally, we are planning to hold Shell Eco-marathon mini events as follows:

  • Europe and Africa: Netherlands, France and Hungary: June – July 2021 (exact dates TBC)
  • Americas: USA (Texas) and Brazil: July – October 2021 (exact dates TBC)
  • Asia Pacific and the Middle East: Three countries: September – November 2021 (exact countries and dates TBC)

The mini events are open to any pre-registered student teams. To join, teams will have to confirm their intention to participate in the allocated mini event. This confirmation window will open in March – more details to follow.

Please note: While we have taken a great deal of care in the planning of these events, changes in the external environment may eventually prohibit some of them taking place. Throughout the preparation process, we will be measuring and monitoring the health and safety situation and Shell Eco-marathon mini events will be only held if health and safety measures allow. We will look at each location on a case by case basis and provide any updates as soon as possible.

Shell Eco-marathon in 2021 also includes a Virtual Programme, featuring an exciting new Virtual League with five different challenges to put your STEM skills into practice. Be sure to check out how your team can get involved in the new season!


Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Programme

2021 Virtual Programme

The 2021 Virtual Programme includes the global Virtual League, where teams can earn points across a range of different challenges. Here’s how teams can compete in the league.

Learn more about the Virtual Programme
2021 Virtual League Table

2021 Virtual League Table

Check your Virtual League standings and see how your team compares to other teams around the world!

Shell Eco-marathon rules

Shell Eco-marathon rules

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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