Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2009
The Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition was held in Fontana, California in April 2009. Colleges and even some high schools raced their fuel efficient vehicles in the competition. CNS placed 2nd in the Hydrogen division, and 7th overall, with an equivalent gas mileage of 1431.3 miles per gallon of gasoline.
Shell Eco-Marathon Americas 2009®
2nd Place (Hydrogen Prototype division)
7th place overall
1431.3 miles per gallon of gasoline
Click here for Pictures and Video from the event at the Shell® website
Shell has posted a website with team info from the race here
Click here for pictures from the trip.
Click here for a news story from the Post-Standard.
The members from 2009's team helped build the school's first Hydrogen
Fuel Cell Vehicle. This vehicle was the only Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle
entered by a High School in the 2009 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas held
in Fontana, California.
The 2008-09 year's group chose to solve many challenges related to the
vehicle. They began the design process for the vehicle in late October.
By January, their design had become a reality. Unfortunately, the group
was unable to weld the aluminum frame together in the lab. As a result,
JPW Structural Contractors, located in Syracuse, NY welded the frame
that the team had designed.
Finally, the team received the frame in late January, and began to
design and build all the other essentials of the vehicle. However, the
team was challenged even more by a deadline: The race was to be held in
April. Remaining optimistic, the team proactively worked together to
finish the vehicle, by working in the lab almost anytime they could.
April came around quite quickly, and the vehicle started to come
together nicely. However, there was still some work to be done.
Nevertheless, the team continued to work. Once the car arrived the race
track at the Shell Eco-Marathon, the team banded together, closer than
they ever had before, to work on the finishing touches.
Race day arrived, and the team completed all of their allowed runs.
Their best run was estimated to have a fuel efficiency of 1431.3 miles
per gallon of gasoline. This placed them second in the Hydrogen Fuel
Cell division, and seventh overall in a competition of over 50
competitors from high schools and colleges throughout the world.
the help of the following sponsors, the Student Engineering Club would
not have been able to construct the Hydrogen Fuel Cell. It is truly a
great thing when companies are willing to engage "future engineers" in
projects such as this. Please click here to read more about the involvement of sponsors in the project.
JPW Structural Engineering
North Syracuse, NY
Napa Auto Parts
North Syracuse, NY
Condenser & Chiller Services
have also been instrumental in the building of this vehicle. Without
their support, this project would not have been possible. The Student
Engineering Club would like to thank the following mentors
|Mr. Ted Kliszczewicz
|Mr. Andy Thyne
|Mr. Bill Bilbow|
|Mr. Steve Grimaldi
|Mrs. Becky Thyne|