Team Bearcat Motorsports, USA

Shortlisted for Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Americas Award

After the Bearcat Motorsports team returned from the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition in April 2019, Ruston, Louisiana experienced a devastating F3 tornado that left a stretch of the town, including their 3,000 square-foot shop, in ruins.

When the team would normally be planning for the next season, they were instead working together to clean and repair damage to the cars, tools, and other property of the Ruston High School eco car team. However, they didn’t let this setback overwhelm them in preparation for the 2019-2020 Shell Eco-marathon season.

The team focused on brainstorming new ideas to improve their cars and their collaboration led them to rework their cars with a carbon fiber chassis. The humidity in Louisiana and the fact that their workshop had been largely destroyed, meant conditions were less than perfect in the wake of the tornado. Eventually they were able to find a safe alternative space to work an air-conditioned classroom after school and on weekends to create the chassis in parts and join them together in the workshop. 

Despite all of these challenges, the team still managed to complete their car and were ultimately ready for the 2020 Shell Eco-marathon competition, before the track event was cancelled.

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Winning teams

Americas
Team Taq Balam, GuatemalaTeam Taq Balam, Guatemala, The students put their skills into practice to help combat COVID-19; including a being part of their University’s effort to create a mechanical ventilator and transform bioethanol from their prototype vehicle into hand sanitizer which they donated to a nursing home.
Europe
Team Unilag, NigeriaTeam Unilag, Nigeria, In the face of adversity, the team revised their strategy and set up an online hub to help inspire young people in their community and to help address the energy problems of Nigeria.
Asia
Team Apatte 62, IndonesiaTeam Apatte 62, Indonesia, Along with the Task Force of Universitas Brawijaya, the team developed a remote-control robot that can help cleanse surrounding areas by emitting UV rays to help reduce the risk of contamination from viruses such as COVID-19.
Europe
Team TIM UPS INSA, France.Team TIM UPS INSA, France, The students created an ‘open source Shell Eco-marathon prototype’ complete with software, written plans and step-by-step tutorials to support other teams design their own low-cost electric prototype vehicle for future track events.

Shortlisted teams

Americas
Team Kiri Fan, ArgentinaTeam Kiri Fan, Argentina, Together with the State and Volkswagen, team members created and distributed 1,000 face shields to assist Argentina’s healthcare service.
Americas
Drop Team, BrazilDrop Team, Brazil, The team adapted their 3D printers and other equipment originally used to develop parts of their prototype vehicle to produce face shields which they distributed to the local community.
Europe
Eco-Runner Team Delft, The NetherlandsEco-Runner Team Delft, The Netherlands, Embodying the spirit of collaboration, Eco-Runner Team Delft partnered with KON, a team in Lima, Peru to form an advisory board to share their knowledge and support this team starting on out on their Shell Eco-marathon journey.
Asia
ITS Team Sapuangin, IndonesiaITS Team Sapuangin, Indonesia, The team put their skills to good use and developed initiatives to improve air circulation quality on public transport and conducted research into automatic virus sterilization in urban vehicles.
Asia
Semeru Team, IndonesiaSemeru Team, Indonesia, After a robbery at the university, the team created a night patrol to protect theirs and other team’s equipment. They also used 3D printing to produce face shields.
The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award

The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award

This award celebrates what makes Shell Eco-marathon so special: the desire to come together to overcome barriers to progress. The Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award showcases the spirit of collaboration, empathy, finding solutions and using skills and talents for the good. To watch the ceremony to see how we honoured the shortlisted teams and announced the winners, click here.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Award Ceremony
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. To honour their passion, determination and true spirit, their real life stories have been captured in their own words. To watch the film of the shortlisted teams and find out more on their incredible stories, click here.

Watch the Spirit of Shell Eco-marathon Stories Film