Driver in cockpit

Challenger competitions are designed for teams looking to discover Shell Eco-marathon for the first time, or for seasoned competitors to fine-tune and refine their cars ahead of Regional competitions.

Up to a maximum of 50 teams, featuring both Prototype and Urban Concept car design, can take part in each Shell Eco-marathon Challenger competition. They are singular competitions that give STEM students an opportunity to get hands-on technical experience and valuable time and advice from experts.

How it works

  • Teams apply through the Student Registration Portal, they will have to meet all design and build milestones to secure their place. At the competition teams go through Technical Inspection, the final milestone before they can get access to the track. Teams are awarded approved Technical Inspection status if their car meets the high technical and safety standards outlined in the Official rules – Chapter I global rules and Chapter II rules for each individual Challenger competition. Once they have passed Technical Inspection it’s time to get on track!
  • On-Track Awards:Based on the concept of the longest-running format in Shell Eco-marathon: the mileage challenge, cars drive a fixed number of laps around the track. After each valid run, event organisers calculate their energy efficiency and rank the results. On-track awards are given to the highest energy efficiency achieved for each energy category, in each vehicle class.
  • Off-Track Awards: The Off-Track Awards encourage teams to consider the wider aspects of research and development projects, giving them experience of some of the real-world requirements needed for their future careers. Each Challenger competition has its own set of Off-Track Awards as detailed in their respective Chapter II rules.
Car going fast on track

Shell Eco-marathon Regional competitions

These are individual competitions that invite experienced teams from academic institutions in Americas, Asia and Europe to apply different approaches in STEM to achieve maximum energy-efficiency with their vehicle on the track.

Regional competitions
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Shell Eco-marathon World Championship Series

This prestigious series sees teams, who have achieved the highest level of energy efficiency in Regional competitions, go head-to-head to prove they can maintain maximum energy efficiency with real-world speed.

World Championship Series
Autonomous car on track

Autonomous competitions

Together with student teams, academics and industry experts, we have been developing competitions that focus on autonomous technology’s role in energy optimisation. With this we aim to create a challenging new competitive arena for student teams to get hands-on experience with this technology and put their own fresh thinking into how it can help to achieve energy efficiency.

Autonomous competitions