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For the first time in 30 years, Shell Eco-marathon Europe is coming to London in summer 2016. Shell Eco-marathon is a global student challenge, encouraging the brightest student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The winning car is the one which travels the furthest distance on one litre of fuel. Currently, the record to beat stands at 3,771 km.

The next European Shell Eco-marathon will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from 30th June-3rd July 2016. A record number of students have applied to take part in the 2016 competition, with 18 UK teams registering their interest. Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said, “I am thrilled to welcome the world’s best science and tech innovators to London as they strive to make motor vehicles more and more energy efficient – saving carbon and reducing air pollution.”

Shell Eco-marathon will feature as part of ‘Make the Future’, a festival of ideas and innovations raising awareness of the energy challenges we face around the world. The four-day event will be open to the general public and is free of charge. It will feature virtual reality experiences and hands-on experiments for visitors to explore what the future of energy might look like.

Erik Bonino, Chairman, Shell UK, said of the festival, “‘Make the Future’ is all about supporting bright energy ideas and providing a stage for collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge. It’s inspiring to see our Shell Eco-marathon students pushing themselves to their creative, scientific and engineering limits at this unique event.”

For more information on ‘Make the Future’ and Shell Eco-marathon please click here.

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