Delhi Students Build Cars That Are Setting New Mileage Records

These entries for the Shell Eco Marathon claim to do over 250 Km on 1 litre of fuel or 1 unit of electricity. 

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Cameraperson: Mukul Bhandari
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These cars claim to set new mileage records. Be it on one litre of petrol or one unit of electricity, the challenge this year is to cross 250 Km. The Shell Eco-Marathon has been encouraging students for the past three decades to build cars that can give high fuel efficiency figures and are environment-friendly.

This year Shell’s Eco-Marathon and Shell Make The Future Live event will be held in Bengaluru between 19 and 22 November. Here are three teams from Delhi that have built cars for the event. We bring you a preview.


Team Aethon is an all-women’s team from Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women that has built a reverse-tricycle car that runs on electricity. The car has an aluminum chassis with a carbon-fibre body. It weighs just 24 Kg.

The car is powered by a 500-watt motor and a 48-volt, 20AH lithium-ion battery. It has a go-kart direct-link steering system, with disc brakes upfront and a drum at the rear. The team is confident that it crosses 250 Km on one unit or 1 KwH of power at the finals of the event.

Team DTU Supermileage has built a good-old, petrol-powered, four-wheeled car. However, it too is pretty light, with an aluminium chassis and retro-styled carbon-fibre body shell.

It is powered by an 87cc, single-cylinder TVS engine with a custom fueling system and compound chain-drive transmission. It had managed to achieve 154 Kmpl in previous runs, but the team is confident it can beat the previous record.

The third car is really futuristic looking. It has a tear-drop shape, built out of carbon-fibre and an aluminium frame. It weighs about 50 Kg. It is again a three-wheeled vehicle, powered by a 500 watt motor and a 48-volt, 13AH battery. The team is confident it can achieve over 250 Km on one unit of power. It also seemed the quickest of the lot.

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