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Shell Eco-marathon: 1959 Fiat 600 brings hypermiling history to Houston

Long before the Fiat 500 came to the US to try and capture the public's imagination, a Fiat 600 was cruising in the Shell Mileage Marathons (the precursor to today's Eco-marathons) and setting records by getting over 300 miles per gallon. The little red cutie was on display at the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 in Houston,

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Shell Eco-marathon: Day 2, students get creative under pressure

Watching the Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 is, to be honest, kind of boring. Yes, the vehicles are all interesting and unusual, but they don't go very fast, you only see them on the track for a brief moment (there's no live video feed) and the ones competing against each other aren't even racing at the same time. But this is an efficiency challenge, after all, and one where students can learn by doing. Much of the

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Shell Eco-marathon 2013: Notes from Day 1, will 2,545 mpg be beat?

The Shell Eco-marathon Americas 2013 kicked off in Houston, TX this morning with a twist on the usual: Ladies and gentlemen, start your fuel-efficient engines. The area around Discovery Green was buzzing with high school and college students, all here with one mission: go as far as possible on as little fuel as possible. Last year, the winning team in the internal combustion category got Sebastian Blanco

European Shell Eco Marathon Europe 2009: more than 8000 mpg!

2009 Shell Eco Marathon winners - Click above for an image gallery

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. Alongsi

2008 Shell Eco-marathon coming in April; will anyone best 1902 mpg?

Last year, Cal Poly (ok, ok, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo) won the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas with an astounding 1,902.7 mpg score. For 2008, 34 teams will compete at the California Speedway event in April. Last week, Shell-Pennzoil driver Kevin Harvick was at the speedway with some of those winning Cal Poly students to talk about defending their title. The picture

42 mpg Captiva in the MPG Marathon = green SUV

In this week's MPG Marathon, a Chevy Captiva with seven people on board returned 42.42 mpg. GM has helpfully done the math for us: that's 14.35 percent more than the official figure (37.2 mpg) and 15.1 kg of CO2 per person over the 334-mile route. I'll do my own math to turn that into 105.7 kg over the whole route, which comes to 197 g/km for the full car. Hopefully my math is right.

An early look at some of the Shell Eco-Marathon competition vehicles

Do you remember when we ran an article about the Shell Eco-marathon? Does the sound of 6,792 miles per gallon jog your memory? Think that's high? That can't hold a candle to the all-time record of

The 131 mpg Caterham Seven

The annual Shell Eco-Marathon is a competition designed to find the entrant whose car achieves the maximum fuel economy after driving 40 minutes and completing seven laps around the track at a minimum of 15 mph. Cars can run on gasoline, diesel, LPG, or hydrogen. This year's UK event was held at the Rockingham Speedway.

European Shell Eco-Marathon contestant hits 6785 mpg

The vehicles in this year's European Shell Eco-Marathon are not exactly the cars you'd want to go on a road trip in, but they can go amazing distances on very little fuel. Engineering students from the Lucee La Joliverie School in France entered this year's top mileage-getter. Their ethanol-powered sleek racer was able to go the equivalent of 6785 miles per gallon.