In 2017, overcast skies and cold weather didn’t dampen the spirits of participants and visitors at Make the Future Detroit. Besides the more than 1,200 student competitors in Shell Eco-marathon Americas contest, thousands of visitors packed Cobo Center to enjoy numerous activities focused on the future of energy and mobility. Visitors included more than 10,000 Detroit Public Schools Community District students and local Boy Scouts.
More than100 student teams representing Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico and the United States, competed for top mileage efficiency at the 11th annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition. The winner was Université Laval (Quebec, Canada), which recorded 2,731.1 miles per gallon with its ultra-energy-efficient gasoline powered prototype vehicle. Runners-up were Brigham Young University (Utah, USA) and Mater Dei High School (Indiana. USA).
In the UrbanConcept class, Mater Dei Supermileage Team (Indiana, USA) recorded top energy efficiency stats with 723.4 miles per gallon in its gasoline powered vehicle. Saint Thomas Academy (Minnesota, USA) was joined by Alden-Conger High School (Minnesota, USA) and Newburgh Free Academy (New York, USA) rounding out the UrbanConcept podium places in the Drivers' World Championship Regional Final in Detroit.
Saint Thomas Academy went on to win the global race for efficiency at the Driver's World Championship Grand Final in London.
To find out more about Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2017, watch the video below.