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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


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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, s
tudent
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 San Luis       
Cal Poly           
Black Widow    

 State
University       Obispo,
Calif.  Supermileage                    

 

California
State       Los
Angeles,    CSULA Supermileage 
Super Eagle II 

 University,
Los        Calif.                     
         

 Angeles                                                             

 

Cedarville
University  Cedarville,     Yellow Jackets     
Lightning III  

                       
Ohio                                          

     
                                                               

Cedarville
University  Cedarville,     Yellow Jackets     
Slipstream II  

                       
Ohio                                          

                               
                                     

Centennial
High School Corona County,  Huskies            
The Blur       

                       
Calif.                                        

 

Colorado
School of     Denver,
Colo.   Ramblin Wreck       Peanut Butter  

 Mines                                                               

 

Grand
Rapids Technical Grand Rapids,   G-Rock             
Spirit of

 School                
Minn.                              
Columbia

 
                                        

Lamar
University       Beaumont,
Texas Team Havoc         
Wicked 1       

                                                                 

Lamar
University       Beaumont,
Texas Team Full Of It     Lamar
Prototype

                                                           
Vehicle        

 

Louisiana
State        Baton
Rouge,    Tiger Racing       
Chitty Chitty

 University            
La.                                
Bang Bang  
         

                                                                    

Louisiana
Tech        
Ruston, La.     LA Tech Bulldogs   
De Donderhond  

 University                                                          

 

Loyola
Marymount       Los
Angeles,    The Lion           
The Roar       

 University            
Calif.                                        

 

Mater
Dei High School  Evansville,     Mater Dei          
5th Gen        

                      
 
Ind.           
Supermileage Team                   

                                                                

Mater
Dei High School  Evansville,     Mater Dei          
6th Gen        

                       
Ind.            Supermileage
Team                   

                                                                

Northern
Arizona       Flagstaff,      Team SAE@NAU       
The Hot Pocket 

 University            
Ariz.                                         

 

Northern
Arizona       Flagstaff,      NAU Efficient      
Efficient

 University            
Ariz.          
Vehicle            
Vehicle

                         

Rose-Hulman
Institute  Terre Haute,    Rose-Hulman        
RHEV 74         

 of
Technology         
Ind.           
Efficient Vehicles                      

                                                                

                                                                    

Universidad
Nacional   Mexico City,    Escuderia Puma     
Puma Azteca    

 Autonoma
de Mexico –   Mexico         
Unam                            

 Facultad
de Ingenieria                                              

 

Universite
Laval       Laval,
Quebec,  Alerion             PSD
2.2        

                       
Canada          Supermileage                    

                       

University
of British  Vancouver,      UBC Supermileage   
UBCST          

 Columbia           
   
British         Team                            

                       
Columbia                                      

 

University
of         
Berkeley,       Cal SMV            
Papa Bear      

 California,
Berkeley   Calif.       
                                 

 

University
of         
Los Angeles,    Supermileage        The Enterprise 

 California,
Los        Calif.                                        

 Angeles                                                
             

 

University
of         
Santa Barbara,  UCSB Gauchos        Gaucho 1       

 California,
Santa      Calif.                                       

 Barbara                                                             

 

University
of         
Boulder, Colo.  Mile High
Club      F-CAT          

 Colorado,
Boulder                                                   

 

University
of Houston  Houston, Texas  UH Cougars         
Red Streak     

             
          

University
of Texas,   El Paso, Texas  Miner Dilemma      
Chimichanga    

 El
Paso                                                              

 

 

 

Fuel
Cell Entrants:

School                
Location       
Team Name         
 
Vehicle Name   

 

Lamar
University       Beaumont,
Texas FullThrottle       
1602

                                                                  

 

Los
Altos High School  Hacienda        LAAE A             
Infusion I     

  
                     
Heights,
Calif.                                     

                                                                

 

Los
Altos High School  Hacienda        LAAE B             
Infusion II    

                     
  
Heights, Calif.                                     

                                                                

 

Los
Altos High School  Hacienda        LAAE C             
High Voltage   

                       
Heights, Calif. 
                                     

                                                                

Penn
State University  University      Penn State HFV     
Bad to the Bond

                       
Park, Pa.                              
       

 

University
of Victoria Victoria,      
H2Drive            
UVic Fuel Cell 

                       
British                            
Vehicle        

                       
Columbia                                      

 

 

 

Diesel
Entrant:

School                
Location       
Team Name         
Vehicle Name   

 

College
of the        
Eureka, Calif.  Diesel
Corsair     Diesel Corsair 

 Redwoods                                                            

 

 

 

LPG
Entrant:

School                
Location       
Team Name         
Vehicle Name   

 

Schurr
High School     Montebello,     Spartans          
Mach 1         

                       
Calif.                                   
     

 

 

 

Solar
Entrants:

School                
Location       
Team Name         
Vehicle Name   

 

Centennial
High School Corona County,  Huskies           
The Flash      

                       
Calif.                             
          

 

Purdue
University      West
Lafayette, Purdue Solar      
Pulsar         

                       
Ind.            Racing                          

                                                                  

 

 

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 p
roviding
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 econo

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