EDITORIAL USE ONLY 5 futuristic hyper-efficient cars, designed by students from the UK for the Shell Eco-marathon – a competition to see how far the vehicles can travel on 1 litre of fuel, drive over Westminster Bridge in London to mark its arrival to the UK. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday November 4, 2015. This year’s event is going beyond the student competition by launching ‘Make the Future’, a public festival to raise greater awareness of the wider energy challenge faced by the UK. The festival will be taking place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 30 to July 3 2016. Photo credit should read: Matt Alexander/PA Wire

Cars of the future were spotted on Westminster Bridge, London, this morning as Shell announced that Shell Eco-marathon Europe will be coming to London in 2016 for the first time in its 30 year history.

Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s longest-running student competitions. It challenges the brightest student minds globally to design and build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, competing to see how far they can travel on one litre of fuel. In 1985, the winning team would have been efficient enough to travel only from London to Rotterdam. 30 years later, the current record stands at 3,771km– that’s from London to Rome and back again on just one litre of fuel!

The student mileage challenge will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from June 30 to July 3, 2016, and will form part of ‘Make the Future’ – a public festival of bright energy ideas and innovations, aimed to raise awareness of the energy challenges we face around the world.

Erik Bonino, Chairman Shell UK, said, “For 30 years, Shell Eco-marathon has helped inspire the world’s brightest young minds to design and build new vehicle technologies. ‘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 these students pushing themselves to their creative, scientific and engineering limits. We encourage people to visit this free, unique festival where they can share, interact with and be inspired by current and future energy solutions.”

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.

“London is home to the best designers, engineers and entrepreneurs who I know will rise to the challenge of developing the transformational low energy cars of the future.”

Douglas Stridsberg, student from University College London said, "Finding solutions to meet future energy and mobility demands is at the heart of what we do as mechanical engineers, however not all of us have the chance to apply our knowledge before we begin our careers.

“Shell Eco-marathon gives us a unique opportunity to take the concepts we have studied and put them into practice in the real world. For UCL, returning to compete this year was a natural choice as we cherish any chance to create solutions for future generations."

The 2016 Shell Eco-marathon has received a record number of applications from teams in the UK with 18 student teams registering their interest.

For more information on Shell Eco-marathon and ‘Make the Future’ please visit www.shell.co.uk/makethefuture and follow us on twitter.com/shell_ecomar and facebook.com/Shell

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Notes to editors:

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.

Make the Future is a festival of ideas and innovations that supports bright energy ideas and provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge. It is a four-day event that will take place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, 30 June - 3 July, 2016. Through virtual reality experiences and hands-on science experiments visitors will explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energies to natural gas or low-carbon technologies.

Shell schools programme – The Bright Ideas Challenge is an exciting new school programme supporting the ‘Make the Future’ initiative. We’re asking students aged 11-14 to use their creativity to devise innovative solutions to the energy challenges faced by cities of the future. A curriculum-linked toolkit will help teachers run the challenge. Prizes will be awarded to help schools super-size their STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) lessons.

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