Bright young minds are innovating new kinds of ultra-energy-efficient vehicle designs at the Shell Eco-marathon. From foot-steered lightweight cars from the UK, to 3D-printed automobile entries from Asia, a new generation of transportation is taking to the road.
This article was originally published by Mashable.
Around the globe, throughout 2015, student teams took to the blacktop in Europe, Asia, and the Americas — designing, building and driving cutting edge automobiles that stand to serve as blueprints for new start-up transportation technology in the near future.
In its most recent chapter, the Shell Eco-marathon story included events in Manila, in Detroit and Rotterdam. And while the vehicles these competitors constructed certainly held the spotlight, highlights from Shell Eco-marathon Europe in 2015 also showcased the very human element at work.
When it comes to innovating the next steps for transportation on our planet, the competition is fierce — but it is also friendly.
Out of the fire: Denmark makes emotional comeback at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2015
Flames broke out in the paddock of Denmark's DTU Roadrunners team, this year, almost entirely destroying the team's car.
One Roadrunners member described the scene: "The whole car, all the work and effort was gone in flames...Everybody was shocked by the incident and frustrated, thinking, 'How could this happen?' But we tried to keep our focus."
Keep their focus they did. Working through the day and night, DTU Roadrunners found themselves facing the prospect of being unable to compete, but its members also found themselves in friendly company. Other teams — especially France's team, TIM — kicked in spare parts and assistance. Twenty-six hours later the Roadrunners' rebuilt car was on the track. It went on to set a new world record for UrbanConcept ethanol car efficiency — 665 kilometers per liter.