2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster - all 38 teams - announced

We're getting close to the start of the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas, and the list of 38 teams that will participate in the competition in some ways mimics real-world power train usage. The overwhelming majority (28) of the vehicles will use combustion engines to try and top last year's incredible 1902 mpg winning score. Alongside the gas engines will be six fuel cell, one LPG, one diesel, and two solar entrants. You can find a full list of the schools from five high schools and 24 universities that are participating - and the names of their vehicles - after the jump. The competition runs from April 10 to 12 at the California Speedway in Fontana, California. The goal is to go the furthest distance on the least amount of fuel. Based on the names alone, I like Peanut Butter and The Hot Pocket. Good luck to all the teams.

Press Release:

Not Your Average Spring Break - Student Teams From Across the Americas Prepare to Help the World Use Less Fuel

2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas welcomes 38 teams from the U.S., Canada and Mexico

HOUSTON, March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- While many "spring breakers" spend their time enjoying some rest and relaxation with fellow students, 38 teams from across the United States, Canada and Mexico are hard at work putting the finishing touches on their high-mileage, fuel-saving prototype vehicles. After months of plotting, planning and pushing the limits, these students are down to the wire as they work to complete their vehicles for the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon(TM) Americas -- a global mileage challenge and forum for current and future leaders who are passionate about finding sustainable solutions to the world's energy challenge.

"We realize the future of transportation ultimately depends on alternative energy sources," said David Ulrich, student team leader of the Cal Poly team, who set the Shell Eco-marathon Americas record in 2007 with an astonishing 1,902.7 miles per gallon (809 kilometers per litre). "And as an engineering student, being given the opportunity to design and build fuel-efficient vehicles is an important part of gaining practical experience for the future."

Taking place April 10-12 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., the challenge tests students to design and build eco-friendly vehicles that travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. From vehicle design to financing, student teams manage their projects from start to finish. The winning team receives a grand prize of $10,000 U.S. dollars for their school.

The 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster contains 38 teams from 5 high schools and 24 universities from the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The entries include 28 vehicles powered by combustion engines, six by fuel cell/hydrogen technology, one by diesel fuel, one by liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and two by solar power.

The complete 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas roster is:

Combustion Engine Entrants:

School Location Team Name Vehicle Name

  • Barstow High School Barstow, Calif. The Aztecs Team II Grease Lighting
  • Barstow High School Barstow, Calif. Barstow High School The Az-Tech
  • California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo, Calif. Cal Poly Supermileage Black Widow
  • California State University, LosAngeles Los Angeles, Calif. CSULA Supermileage Super Eagle II
  • Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio Yellow Jackets Lightning III
  • Cedarville University Cedarville, Ohio Yellow Jackets Slipstream II
  • Centennial High School Corona County, Calif. Huskies The Blur
  • Colorado School of Denver, Colo. Ramblin Wreck Peanut Butter Mines
  • Grand Rapids Technical School Grand Rapids, Minn. G-Rock Spirit of Columbia
  • Lamar University Beaumont, Texas Team Havoc Wicked 1
  • Lamar University Beaumont, Texas Team Full Of It Lamar Prototype Vehicle
  • Louisiana State University Baton Rouge, La. Tiger Racing Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Louisiana Tech University Ruston, La. LA Tech Bulldogs De Donderhond
  • Loyola Marymount University Los Angeles, Calif. The Lion The Roar
  • Mater Dei High School Evansville, Ind. Mater Dei Supermileage Team 5th Gen
  • Mater Dei High School Evansville, Ind. Mater Dei Supermileage Team 6th Gen
  • Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Ariz. Team SAE@NAU The Hot Pocket
  • Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Ariz. NAU Efficient Vehicle Efficient Vehicle
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Ind. Rose-Hulman Efficient Vehicles RHEV 74
  • Universidad Nacional Mexico City, Escuderia Puma Puma Azteca Autonoma de Mexico - Mexico Unam Facultad de Ingenieria
  • Universite Laval Laval, Quebec, Canada Alerion PSD 2.2 Supermileage
  • University of British Columbia Vancouver, British Columbia UBC Supermileage Team UBCST
  • University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif. Cal SMV Papa Bear
  • University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, Calif. Supermileage The Enterprise
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. UCSB Gauchos Gaucho 1
  • University of Colorado, Boulder Boulder, Colo. Mile High Club F-CAT
  • University of Houston Houston, Texas UH Cougars Red Streak
  • University of Texas, El Paso El Paso, Texas Miner Dilemma Chimichanga

Fuel Cell Entrants:

School Location Team Name Vehicle Name

  • Lamar University Beaumont, Texas FullThrottle 1602
  • Los Altos High School Hacienda Heights, Calif. LAAE A Infusion I
  • Los Altos High School Hacienda Heights, Calif. LAAE B Infusion II
  • Los Altos High School Hacienda Heights, Calif. LAAE C High Voltage
  • Penn State University University Park, Pa. Penn State HFV Bad to the Bond
  • University of Victoria Victoria, British Columbia H2Drive UVic Fuel Cell Vehicle

Diesel Entrant:

School Location Team Name Vehicle Name

  • College of the Redwoods Eureka, Calif. Diesel Corsair Diesel Corsair

LPG Entrant:

School Location Team Name Vehicle Name

  • Schurr High School Montebello, Calif. Spartans Mach 1

Solar Entrants:

School Location Team Name Vehicle Name

  • Centennial High School Corona County, Calif. Huskies The Flash
  • Purdue University West Lafayette, Ind. Purdue Solar Racing Pulsar

To help ensure the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon Americas is a successful event for all the student participants, Shell is pleased to welcome the 2008 event sponsors:

SKF USA Inc. -- As one of the leading global suppliers of products, solutions and services in the areas of rolling bearings, seals, mechatronics, services and lubrication systems, SKF is providing up to $1,000 in equipment and engineering support for the student teams (http://www.skfusa.com).

Autodesk -- Autodesk, a world leader in design innovation technology, is recognized as a Shell Eco-marathon global sponsor. Autodesk, Inc. is the world leader in 2D and 3D design software for the manufacturing, building and construction, and media and entertainment markets (http://www.autodesk.com).

Michelin -- Michelin, a sponsor of Shell Eco-marathon in Europe, is providing low-rolling resistance tires for use in the competition and offering them to the student teams at a discounted rate. Michelin is also engaging students to understand how tires effect fuel economy and how the same principles relate their project cars to vehicles in the real-world (http://www.michelinman.com).

Pennzoil -- Pennzoil is providing one quart of Pennzoil Platinum (R) full synthetic motor oil for each student team, along with technical support. The active cleansing agents in Pennzoil Platinum(R) help remove built-up dirt and deposits 3X better than the leading conventional oil*. Pennzoil is the most preferred motor oil brand in America, and its line of quality products meets or exceeds industry specifications to offer exceptional engine protection. (http://www.pennzoil.com).

With many successful years in Europe, the Shell Eco-marathon came back to the U.S. as the Shell Eco-marathon Americas in April 2007. The Eco-marathon concept started as the Shell Mileage Marathon in 1939 between employees of Shell at a research laboratory in Wood River, Illinois. Today, the Americas event extends to student teams from across North and South America.

In Europe, the 2008 Shell Eco-marathon project will take place May 22-24 at the Nogaro Circuit, France. The 2007 European event attracted teams from 20 countries, with the winning teams hailing from Denmark, France, the Netherlands and Norway.

For more information on the Shell Eco-marathon Americas, please visit http://www.shell.com/us/ecomarathon.

Shell Oil Company, including its consolidated companies and its share in equity companies, is one of America's leading oil and natural gas producers, natural gas marketers, gasoline marketers and petrochemical manufacturers. Shell, a leading oil and gas producer in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, is a recognized pioneer in oil and gas exploration and production technology. Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Shell Group, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies, employing approximately 112,000 people and operating in more than 130 countries and territories.

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[Source: Shell Eco-marathon Americas]

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