Shell Eco-marathon is a global program built to offer students hands-on opportunities to develop ideas and technology, knowledge and skills within an arena of competition.
Currently held in in Asia, the Americas and Europe and made up of two key competitions: Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge, and Drivers' World Championship, students from countries across their respective regions use innovative problem-solving skills to design and build their own cars. Looking at every aspect of design and technology, students compete to prove that their bright ideas will produce the most energy-efficient vehicle when tested on the track.
Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born in France in 1985. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia.
In 2019, Shell Eco-marathon Mileage Challenge and Drivers’ World Championship Regional competitions will be held in Singapore; Sonoma, California; and London, with London hosting the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final.
Make the Future Live California is composed of three events, at the heart of which is the Shell Eco-marathon Americas.