Shell Design Challenge

Energy Efficiency Vehicle

Shell Eco-Marathon is one of the world’s leading energy efficiency competition programmes. Students are challenged to design, build and test energy-efficient cars, pushing the boundaries of what is technically possible. Students take their designs to the track in the Mileage Challenge to see which vehicle can compete to go the farthest on the least amount of fuel. The Drivers’ World Championship sees winners from the Mileage Challenge marry the efficiency of their vehicles with the speed and skills of their driver to find the fastest energy-efficient driver.

Innovate Malaysia Shell Design Challenge is a trimmed version of the Shell Eco-Marathon focusing on selected aspect(s) of energy-efficient vehicle design. Building a full-sized vehicle ready for the Shell Eco-Marathon is not required. The Shell Design Challenge provides a path to prepare teams for the full-scaled Shell Eco-Marathon in future year.

Teams can choose one of the following focused areas of vehicle design to tackle: 1) energy-efficient engine design, 2) vehicle chassis & body design, or 3) vehicle electrical systems design. The design must comply to the Shell Eco-Marathon rules, as published in Shell Eco-Marathon 2019 Global Rules Chapter I.

The design can be targeted for one of the following types of vehicle:

  • Prototype vehicle*: futuristic, streamlined vehicles with three/four wheels. The primary design consideration is to reduce resistance and maximize efficiency.
  • UrbanConcept vehicle*: more conventional, closer to passenger cars in appearance, with four wheels. They are designed to road-worthy specifications.

* The types of vehicles are described in Section 3B (for prototype vehicle) and Section 3C (for UrbanConcept vehicle) of the Shell Eco-Marathon 2019 Global Rules Chapter I.


Design Challenge 1: Vehicle Chassis & Body Design

Design a vehicle chassis and body for maximum energy efficiency and comply with all safety requirements. Vehicle can be either

  1. a prototype vehicle (< 140 kg) that can fit a driver of minimum 50 kg.

    Prototype Vehicle

  2. an UrbanConcept vehicle (< 225 kg) that can fit a driver of minimum 70kg.

    UrbanConcept Vehicle

The detailed vehicle type definition and rules to comply are described in Section 3A, and 3B (for prototype vehicle) or 3C (for UrbanConcept vehicle) of the Shell Eco-Marathon 2019 Global Rules Chapter I. All other general safety requirements are described in Section 2.


Design Challenge 2: Energy-Efficient Engine Design

Create an energy-efficient engine that can drive a vehicle weight of around 190 kg (for prototype vehicle*) or 295 kg (for UrbanConcept vehicle*).

Allowable source of energies:

  1. Internal Combustion Engine
    1. Shell FuelSave Unleaded 95
    2. Shell Diesel
    3. Ethanol E100 (Denatured)
    4. Shell Gas to Liquid (100% GtL)
  2. Electric Mobility Engine
    1. Hydrogen
    2. Battery Electric

Engine design must comply to rules as described in Section 4A, and 4B (for internal combustion engines) or 4C (for electric mobility engines) of the Shell Eco-Marathon 2019 Global Rules Chapter I.


Design Challenge 3: Vehicle Electrical Systems Design

Design the vehicle electrical systems for either a prototype vehicle or an UrbanConcept vehicle* using any selected source of energy. The electrical systems may include electric starter, engine control, radio communication system, driver ventilation, sensors and indicators, external lighting system, etc.

The design must comply to safety requirements and rules as described in Section 4A, Article 57 of the Shell Eco-Marathon 2019 Global Rules Chapter I.


Impacts & Benefits of Taking Up the Challenge

  • Each team will have a dedicated Shell liaison assigned to interface with Shell on all assistance/mentorship needed.
  • Applied learning in multidisciplinary domains
    • Mechanical / Automotive Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • IT / Computer Science
    • Art / Design
  • Shell Design Challenge teaches students applied problem solving, resilience, working to deadlines and with limited budgets.
  • Prepare students to participate in Shell Eco-Marathon, exposing students to regional and global level competition.