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The Off-Track Awards showcase the range of skills that go into each Shell Eco-marathon project and recognise the outstanding achievements of the teams off the track.

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 the Americas Off-Track winners were announced LIVE and exclusive on Instagram and Twitter. Host Norman Koch, Global General Manager Shell Eco-marathon was joined by an expert panel of judges and a very special guest Joey Logano, Shell-Pennzoil NASCAR Driver from Team Penske to announce the winners.

In 2020 we received 65 submissions across seven categories from 34 teams in seven countries. That’s nearly twice the number as in previous years! The competition was fierce and our judges had a tough time deliberating over the team’s entries. After building a shortlist of the best teams, our panel used scorecards to arrive at a final decision. As in previous years, the winning teams in each category receive USD 3,000, and the recipient of the Road Safety Stipend was awarded USD 500.

Read on for the full list of 2020 Americas Off-Track Award winners.

Watch the 2020 Americas Off-Track Awards Ceremony

2020 Americas Off-Track Winners

Winner: Technical Innovation Award
Mater Dei Supermileage 2, USAMater Dei Supermileage 2, USA, This team designed, constructed and refined an airless tire and wheel combination. They optimized four wheels for weight reduction, frictional grip, rolling resistance and aerodynamics. Award presented by Southwest Research Institute.
Winner: Communications Award
Drop Team, BrazilDrop Team, Brazil, Drop Team really impressed the judges with their omnichannel marketing approach from the use of traditional media to social media and live events, the quality of their content was very innovative and showcased Shell Eco-marathon well.
Winner: Vehicle Design (UC)
Louisiana Tech Eco Car, USALA Tech Eco Car, USA, The jury recognised this team’s innovative design, research and original execution for ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials, technical feasibility and eco-friendliness. Award presented by Altair.
Winner: Vehicle Design (Prototype)
Cedarville Supermileage Sting, USACedarville Supermileage Sting, USA, This team succinctly presented their design processes from scale model to the fully finished vehicle. The design was thoughtfully developed and meticulously executed to maximize the vehicles fuel efficiency and driver’s safety. Award presented by Altair.
Winner: Circular Economy Award
Sask Eco UC, CanadaSask Eco UC, Canada, The team were chosen for their ingenuity in using recycled parts, 3D printing and even hockey sticks! Their material selection, standardized components, and effective segmentation of end-of-life products supports the economics of circular design.
Winner: Safety Award
Americas – JMU Supermileage, USAJMU Supermileage, USA, This team demonstrated a compelling commitment to the daily safety practices, appointing a safety officer and creating a set of rules to follow in their campus workspace. Their choices for vehicle design were made for efficiency without compromising the safety of the driver or competitors.
Winner: Road Safety Stipend
Northridge High School, USANorthridge High School, USA, Northridge High School prepared a comprehensive travel plan including all relevant activities and information such as itinerary, emergency contact list, first aid that are important for a safe trip.
2021 Virtual Off-Track Awards

2021 Virtual Off-Track Awards

The Virtual Off-Track Awards are back and submissions for 2021 are OPEN! There are two exciting new categories: Data and Telemetry Award and Simulate to Innovate Award plus great prizes for winners and runners-up to be won. Click here to find out more, download the rules and enter today.

2021 Virtual Off-Track Awards
Shell Eco-marathon partner talks to students

Virtual Learning Sessions

This year we launched a series of Shell Eco-marathon Virtual Learning Sessions streamed live via YouTube. The sessions are a collaboration with our technology partners and enable students to participate, continue to learn and interact from the safety and comfort of their own homes.

Virtual Learning Sessions
The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories

The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories

Beyond the track and technical elements of the competition, there are the people; our student teams who are the heart and soul of Shell Eco-marathon. These awards not only celebrate their passion, determination and spirit, but for the first time capture their stories in their own words.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Winners’ Stories
Joey logano

Joey Logano on Shell Eco-marathon, racing and following his passion

We find out what teamwork means to him and what advice he has for students as they pursue their careers in STEM.

Drop Team

Drop Team have won the Communications Award in the 2020 Americas Off-Tracks

Find out more about the Brazilian team’s impressive innovative omnichannel marketing approach that brilliantly showcased Shell Eco-marathon.

Mater Dei Supermileage 2, USA

Mater Dei Supermileage 2 clinch the Technical Innovation Award presented by Southwest Research Institute

Learn more about this team’s airless tire and wheel combination securing them a win at the 2020 Americas Off-Tracks.