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Bangkok, 21 January 2014: Teams of engineering students competing in Shell Eco-marathon Asia will share their fuel efficiency skills with well-known actor, Alex Rendell on 21-22 January 2014 as he embarks on a challenge to drive the furthest using as little Shell FuelSave Gasohol 95 as possible.

Shell Eco-marathon is an annual competition challenging student teams from around the world to compete in ultra energy efficient vehicles they have themselves designed and built. From 6-9 February 2014, more than 100 student teams from 16 countries, including 11 teams from Thailand, will participate in the Asian leg, which is set to take place for the first time on the streets of Manila, the Philippines. Driving their futuristic vehicles, teams will be competing to travel the furthest using the least amount of energy. In his driving challenge, Alex Rendell will demonstrate how using the right fuel and driving more efficiently can help to manage motoring costs and improve the fuel economy of road cars today.

Mr. Grant McGregor, Executive Director-Retail Business of the Shell Companies of Thailand says: “We’re delighted to have Alex Rendell representing Thailand. Shell is committed to finding innovative solutions to meet the energy challenge and to supporting the next generation of car designers and engineers through initiatives such as Shell Eco-marathon. We’re also providing products such as Shell FuelSave Regular priced fuels as well as advice to help people use less energy today.”

Speaking before the challenge Alex Rendell said: “I’m really excited to be taking on this challenge and looking forward to being coached and inspired by our country’s brightest engineering talent. I hope I can show Thai drivers it’s easy to become more fuel efficient by choosing the right fuel and making a few small changes to the way they drive.”

Alex Rendell will join three other famous faces from Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore on 7 February 2014 at Shell Eco-marathon Asia. The celebrities will compete in a challenge that will see them put Shell FuelSave fuels and their new-found fuel efficiency skills to the test to see which celebrity can go the furthest in an ultra energy efficient vehicle designed by the students.

To find out more about Shell Eco-marathon and discover simple tips to help manage motoring costs, please visit

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