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by Lou Ann Hammond

Fontana, CA — The goal of the Shell Eco-marathon is to design and build the world’s most fuel-efficient vehicle that produces the fewest emissions.

Teams can enter two main categories:

  • Futuristic prototypes — which are streamlined vehicles where the primary design consideration is reducing drag and maximizing efficiency

  • Urban Concept vehicles — which are built to more conventional 4-wheel roadworthy criteria (new to the Americas event in 2009)

Either conventional fuels (such as diesel, gasoline and LPG), or alternative fuels (such as solar, electric, hydrogen, bio-fuels and GTL) can be used to power vehicles. The goal of the project is to consume as little fuel as possible over a set distance. Last year Mater Dei High School (Evansville, Ind.) set a new record at the Shell eco-marathon Americas when they achieved 2,843 miles per gallon

Forty-four student teams (29 universities, 6 high schools) comprised of engineering students from schools in the United States, Canada, Brazil, India and Mexico are participating in the 2009 Shell Oil 2009 Eco-Marathon Americans.

Here are nineteen of the teams preparing their prototypes for tomorrow's race.

First team:
Louisiana State University
Country: Baton Rouge, LA, United States
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: LSU Eco-Marathon Team
Vehicle Name: Ellen

Second team:
Cedarville University
Country: Cedarville, Ohio, United States
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: GL4
Vehicle Name: GL4

Third team:
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico Facultad de Ingenieria
Country: Mexico City, Mexico
Design Class: Prototype
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Escuderia Puma
Vehicle Name: Ahuicyani

Fourth team:
Grand Rapids Technical School
Country: Grand Rapids, Minn, United States
Design Class: Prototype
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: G-Rock
Vehicle Name: Fastest Indian

Fifth team:
Rochester Institute of Technology
Country: Rochester NY, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: RIT Greenvehicle Team
Vehicle Name: X1

Sixth team:
Design School/ State University of Minas Gerais
Country: Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Design Class: Prototype
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Team Sabia
Vehicle Name: Sabia 6

Seventh team:
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Country: Terra Haute, IN, United States
Design Class: Prototype
Fuel Type: Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicles
Vehicle Name: RHEV 74 7 RHEV 74++

Eighth team:
George M. Schurr High School
Country: Montebello, CA, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Spartans
Vehicle Name: R7

Ninth team:
Northern Arizona University
Country: Flagstaff, AZ, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Team SAE@NAU
Vehicle Name: Ragnarok

Tenth team:
California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly)
Country: San Luis Obispo, CA, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: calpoly supermileage
Vehicle Name: black widow

Eleventh team:
College of the Redwoods
Country: Eureka, CA, United States
Prototype / Diesel
Team Name: Diesel Corsair
Vehicle Name: Diesel Corsair

Twelfth team:
University of Houston College of Technology
Country: Houston, tX, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Team SAECO
Vehicle Name: Phoenix

Thirteenth team:
Los Altos High School
Country: Hacienda Heights, CA, United States
Prototype / Hydrogen
Team Name: Hacienda La Puente Unified School District
Vehicle Name: Infusion 7 HICE(hydrogen internal combustion engine)

Fourteenth team:
Cicero North-Syracuse High School
Country: Cicero, NY, United States
Prototype / Hydrogen
Team Name: Performance Engineering Team
Vehicle Name: Pure Speed

Fifteenth team:
Ohio State University
Country: Columbus, OH, United States
Prototype / Solar
Team Name: OSU Solar
Vehicle Name: Red Shift Firefly 2

Sixteenth team:
University of Arizona
Country: Tucson, AZ, United States
UrbanConcept / Solar
Team Name: Arizona Solar Racing Team
Vehicle Name: SolarCat

Seventeenth team:
Louisiana Tech University
Country: Ruston, LA, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Tech EcoCar
Vehicle Name: Prototype Car

Eighteenth team:
UC Berkeley
Country: Berkeley, CA, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: Cal SMV
Vehicle Name: Care Bear

Nineteenth team:
UCLA
Country: Los Angeles, CA, United States
Prototype / Gasoline (Petrol)
Team Name: UCLA Supermileage
Vehicle Name: TearDrop

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