Shell Eco-marathon road trip comes to campus

Alex Brooker on campus - Shell Eco-marathon

10 June 2016

Presenter and comedian Alex Brooker visited Aston University campus this week (Tuesday 7 th June) as part of a “road trip” with a difference. To celebrate the UK’s brightest student minds participating in Shell Eco-marathon at Make the Future London, both Alex Brooker and Rachel Riley travelled the UK to shine a spotlight on the University teams. Watch the video here.

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s longest-running, global, student competitions. It challenges the brightest student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, competing to see how far they can travel on the equivalent of one litre of fuel.

For the first time ever, the recently unveiled Shell Concept Car took to the road as part of the Shell Eco-marathon Relay. The car was accompanied by celebrity ambassadors, Alex Brooker and Rachel Riley, who travelled from city to city over two days to meet with student teams and give them a ‘helping hand’ with putting the finishing touches to their innovative vehicles.

Brooker took on the first leg, which included visiting Aston University to meet the participating students. On campus, he interviewed some of the student team members and designed his own Shell Concept Car.

Aston’s two student teams, made up of students from BEng Mechanical Engineering, and BSc Product Design and Management degrees, were delighted to have this additional opportunity to meet and work with Alex on campus.

After Aston, the concept car made its way to London and onto the finale at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, this year’s home to Make the Future London, a festival of ideas and innovation.

As well as virtual reality experiences, hands-on experiments and interactive experiments, the festival also plays host to Shell Eco-marathon Europe which moves to London for the first time this year. Held on a bespoke track at the iconic Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the competition sees over 200 student teams from around Europe and the Middle East design and build ultra-efficient cars and then compete to see who can go the furthest on the least amount of fuel. The current record to beat is the equivalent of driving the distance from London to Rome and back on a litre of fuel - this year’s competition is expected to be fierce!

Aston’s students have been working on their concepts and vehicle design since September and are relishing the benefits taking part in the opportunity has offered them.

Martin Brown, Team Manager of the 2016 Aston University Shell Eco-marathon Urban Concept Team and in his final year studying a BEng Mechanical Engineering, said:

" Shell Eco Marathon is a fantastic challenge to design and build a fuel efficient car from a blank slate. The 2016 Aston University Urban Concept vehicle is currently being manufactured by our new team for this year including our unprecedented body structure made from sustainable plywood and developments to our existing zero-emissions Hydrogen Fuel Cell Powertrain. We are really looking forward to seeing it all come together in London and competing alongside all the other teams from across Europe."

BSc Product Design and Management student Alex Vine, said:

"The Shell Eco Prototype team offers me a great opportunity to develop both project management and engineering skills, working towards the exciting goal of entry of a vehicle into the competition.

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Notes to editors

The 2016 Aston University Shell Eco-marathon teams are made up of the following students:

Urban Concept teamMartin Brown (Team Leader),  Malachy Clarke,  Steven Bruno,  Dennis Mann,Raj Solanki,  Gurpreet Mond, Jessie Harris and Jacob Hodgkinson

Prototype Team - Zara Bandee, Alex Perkins, John Charlton, Mark Brabham, Alex Vine, James Cornelius, Ross Kirk, Luke Dennis, Ben Miller, Peter Roberts, Ben Rahimi, George Okech, Sergio Tham, Mitchell Turner, Ben Acey, Carl Thompson, Tim Griffin, Jake McGhee, Shaun McCleland, Christian Challiner, Robert Phipps, Faizhan Hussain.

For the first time, Shell Eco-marathon Europe comes to London as part of Make the Future London – a unique four day festival of ideas and innovations. This free of charge, public event is taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 30 to July 3 and features bright energy ideas and innovations that address the global energy challenge: to produce more energy while emitting less CO2. You are invited to experience them in London this June, discuss them, contribute your own and join the journey to a low carbon future.

Make the Future London is free for all to attend. All you have to do is register at

Make the Future London and Shell Eco-marathon are two great ways to get more young people involved and interested in STEM. Shell Eco-marathon provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves and aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.

Aston University’s School of Engineering & Applied Science, with its tradition of quality and reputation for cutting edge research, offers students excellent opportunities to join in the process of discovery and creativity, and prepare for an increasingly diverse and technological world.

The School focuses on the inter-disciplinary nature of engineering and applied sciences, the key technologies and their interactions. The School of Engineering & Applied Science offers a wide portfolio of degree courses at Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Research levels.