Shell highlights Louisiana Tech team in ‘Road to Houston’ video
Louisiana Tech University’s Eco-marathon team continues to garner national attention for their record-setting and award-winning vehicles, this time from event sponsor Shell in an episode of their video series, “Road to Houston.” The online episode, released Thursday evening, highlights Louisiana Tech’s history and success in the Shell Eco-marathon Americas competition as well as providing insights into the planning, design, fabrication and testing of team’s high performance vehicles. Louisiana Tech will join more than 1,000 high school and college students from across North America at the annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas event to be held in Houston, April 5-7. The competition challenges students to build, design and compete with their high-mileage vehicles in competitions that are held annually in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Students and their fuel-efficient vehicles navigate the streets of downtown Houston for a chance to win cash prizes and to earn prestige for their schools. In 2011, Louisiana Tech’s Urban Concept vehicle, “Roadster,” set a new U.S. record of 646.7 mpg. The team also won first place for overall design and safety that year. Last year, the team won the design award, the award for most miles in the diesel category and the team spirit award. For this year’s competition, Shell has introduced a new prize category called the “Global Energy Challenge: A Look to the Future.” It seeks to encourage the world’s next generation of engineers and scientists to consider new, sustainable ways to meet the rising demand for energy. Cash prizes will also be awarded for Eco Design, Safety, Technical Innovation and Best Team Spirit. To view the Louisiana Tech episode of “Road to Houston,” visit http://www.shell.com/global/environment-society/ecomarathon/events/americas/fan-zone/road-to-houston/film-series/episode3.html.