Shell Eco Marathon: Day 1


Wow….what an awesome first impression of the Shell Eco Marathon in Ahoy Rotterdam! I’m absolutely thrilled how big this event is. There are more then 200 teams (Universities) from all over Europe to attend at this mayor event. The atmosphere is wonderful and all the teams and people who are working and attending here are really excited and happy. Really talented people who made great and efficiency cars. Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition that challenges students to design, build and drive the most energy-efficient car. At three events around the world hundreds of team compete to travel the furthest on the least amount of energy. Some achieve distances equivalent to driving from Paris to Moscow (that’s 2,485 km or 1,544 miles) on a single litre of fuel. Quite impressive right?

How does it work?
At three locations around the world, teams take up the challenge to drive the furthest on the least energy. In 2012 two events will take place on urban streets: in Houston, Texas, USA, and Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The Shell Eco-marathon Asia will take place on the Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The competition is split into two classes. The Prototype class focuses on maximum efficiency, while passenger comfort takes a back seat. The UrbanConcept class encourages more practical designs. Cars enter one of seven categories to run on conventional petrol and diesel, biofuels, fuel made from natural gas, hydrogen, solar or electricity.

Over several days, teams make as many attempts as possible to travel the furthest on the equivalent of one litre of fuel. Cars drive a fixed number of laps around the circuit at a set speed. Organisers calculate their energy efficiency and name a winner in each class and for each energy source. Off-track awards are given for other achievements including safety, teamwork, design, and technical innovation.

The competition inspires the engineers of the future to turn their vision of sustainable mobility into reality, if only for a few days. It also sparks passionate debate about what could one day be possible for cars on the road. For more information about the Shell Eco Marathon please visit their official website.

Yesterday I arrived at the Bazar Hotel in Rotterdam, great place which I recommend! Also the people which I working for are really nice! For those who don’t know, I’m working here 5 days for AP Images (Associated Press), a global press agency. Yeah, I’m still thrilled hearing that every single time. They are really nice people from New York, London and other places around the world. My first impression is really good. I was quite nervous throughout the day, because this is actually my first big international job as a press photographer. And yeah…I can admit it, I feel awesome doing this. Still a dream coming true. Today was kind of a hectic day, all the 200 teams needs to go throughout the Technical Inspection before they can attend the race later this week. My job today was to take team portraits. Well…I can tell, it was hard working! The lightning in Ahoy was pretty bad, so it was quite hard but I managed well. Also learned a lot and met a lot of new people. Satisfied about that.

After a long day we had dinner all at the Bazar Hotel. That was fun! Now I’m really tired because I haven’t slept that much. Tomorrow and the rest of the week is gonna be even more exciting. Can’t wait for that. Really looking forward to tomorrow, although it will be a very long day. Already did about 40 team portraits, so lots of portraits to come! Hopefully the weather will be better this week. It’s quit cloudy and rainy over here. Well, that’s it for today. I really needs some sleep. My alarm is set at 06:00 and it’s gonna be a long day! Can’t wait! I’ll keep you updated! Thanks all.

Kind regards,



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Wilco Verhaegh

Wilco Verhaegh

Wilco Verhaegh is a Dutch motorsport photographer and motorsport photojournalist. Whether it’s open-wheel, sports cars, touring cars or rally racing, with Wilco Verhaegh Photography your are at the right place!