shellracerThe Shell Eco-Design competition has always thrown up some rather surprising designs from the participants, and the winner in this competition has also been pretty innovative to say the least. In this year’s edition, students from Aston University managed to emerge as the winners, after their participation that saw a cardboard and plywood hydrogen-powered racecar occupy the top dais. This eco-friendly ride had to duke it out with other equally innovative ideals from various student teams, but what set them apart was their focus on a compact urban commuter which can easily be folded flat when it comes to shipping (credit to IKEA for popularizing that).

The Aston University team was tipped to participate in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2013 at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, but poor weather threw a spanner in the works, and Shell had to make the tough decision of calling off the event. We look forward to this cardboard ride burning up the tracks in Manila, Philippines, next year. Just how do you think that the most eco-friendly car in the world should look like, and what kind of technology will it pack?

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