Students race low-emission cars in downtown Detroit

Students from universities and high schools across North and South America raced futuristic, gas-sipping vehicles they designed themselves as part of the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas competition held in Detroit over the weekend, reports Detroit Free Press. UBC’s Supermileage team, lead by Mechanical Engineering student Nancy Chu, showed off a gas-powered urban concept car designed to have a small environmental footprint.

For Chu, the competition is about addressing global warming and the environmental harm that cars can create. “Finding out what our activities have done to the world makes me extremely concerned,” Chu told the Detroit Free Press, “It’s important that we all become proactive about that, and this is kind of my platform to do that.”

See more from Detroit Free Press, including photos of the event, here.