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The Mileage Challenge is where student-built cars compete to see who can complete a track route using the least amount of energy. There are two vehicle classes: Prototype and Urban Concept.

Successful Urban Concept teams then have the opportunity to compete in the Regional Championship race, the finale of the event. Teams are given an energy handicap based on their Regional Mileage Challenge competition result. They have to match the proven energy efficiency of the car with strategy, skill and speed in a race to cross the finish line first without running out of energy. The winner is awarded the title of Americas Regional Champion 2020.

The first six European teams over the line qualify to go to the Shell Eco-marathon World Championship event in Beijing, China, from 14 September 2020.

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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.

Shell Eco-marathon rules: Download here
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Register your team: Shell Eco-marathon 2020

If you are a new manager, or a seasoned veteran - click through here to discover all your sign up options to become a part of the Shell Eco-marathon 2020.

Register for Shell Eco-marathon 2020

2019 Results


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.

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