Over 45 teams sign up for Shell Eco-marathon at Make the Future, India

One of the world’s most exciting and challenging global events comes to India for the first time.

Make the Future India is four thrilling days of discussion, debate, invention, collaboration and competition centred around the exciting future of mobility. Some of the brightest minds in the industry will be helping to make a difference at the event, including students, automotive designers and engineers from India and around the world. The event will take place at Chennai between 6 and 9 December 2018.

The Shell Eco-marathon Challenger

Make the Future India features, Shell Eco-marathon, a hugely popular global competition programme for engineering students, being held in India for the first time.

It started as a friendly bet between Shell’s scientist-colleagues in 1939, but in time came to be recognised as the world’s longest-running student competition. Since 1985, Shell Eco-marathon has challenged and provoked the brightest young minds to compete in creating ultimate energy-efficient cars. Make the Future India will host a Mileage Challenge competition, where students design, build and compete on the track to find out whose car will go the farthest on the least amount of energy.

The registration process for this year’s event has closed and more than 45 student teams from across India and Asia-Pacific have signed up to compete in front of an invited audience of business leaders, students and academia, media and others/ invitees/something that denotes your invited audience.

Students can choose to design one of two vehicle classes:

  • In the Prototype class, contestants create futuristic vehicles with incredible aerodynamics.

The UrbanConcept calls has the added challenge of meeting some of the real-life needs of drivers. Students can also choose from two possible engine types:

  • Internal Combustion - cars running on fuel, including petrol, diesel, and biofuel.
  • Battery Electric category, vehicles are powered by hydrogen fuel cells or lithium-based batteries.

Safety, teamwork and design are important criteria in the competition, with milestones through the process of design and build that cars have to meet in order to get onto the track The finalists will compete at Chennai between December 6 and 9, 2018 for the big prize, competing to go the farthest on the least amount of energy. Student teams stand to win total prizes worth upto INR 20 lacs.

Prize categories:

On track Mileage Awards

Internal Combustion

  • Urban Concept - 1st prize – INR 300,000
  • Prototype – 1st prize – INR 300,000

Battery Electric

  • Urban Concept - 1st prize - INR 300,000
  • Prototype - 1st prize - INR 300,000

Off Track Awards

  • The Kahani Award – INR 250,000
  • The Jugaad Award –INR 250,000
  • Safety Award – INR 250,000

The first edition of the “invite only” Make the Future India will showcase cleaner energy solutions; discussions on the future of energy and mobility - innovations, challenges and opportunities. Experience zones will showcase bright innovative ideas for mobility to inspire the next generation of automotive designers, engineers and innovators.

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