Energy giant Shell showed a fleet of cars at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France that could complete the world’s most famous auto race on just over a liter of fuel, albeit at a much slower pace. It marked the 30th time Shell has hosted the Eco-marathon, which started in France in 1985. This year’s entries achieved as many as 2,343 miles per liter (a bit more than one quart) of gasoline burned. The global competition challenges students to design, build and drive the most efficient vehicles, pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency and mobility on the road. Le Mans racing driver Nicholas Prost was heard to wonder aloud what these young people “will go on to achieve in the future.”


This year’s entries went as far as 2,343 miles on one liter of fuel. That would be about 9,000 mpg. Wow.

Eco-marathon hyper-milers go further each year: