Historic vehicle used to motivate young engineers to develop future auto technologies
America’s Car Museum (ACM) will highlight a 1961 Chrysler 300G in the Cobo Center in Detroit from April 22-24, showcasing the vintage automobile to competitors and attendees at the 10th Shell Eco-marathon Americas.
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The international program holds annual competitions in Asia, America and Europe.
While the Chrysler 300G is considered the first American muscle car, it was also technologically advanced in its heyday. Barely achieving over 10 mpg, this particular vehicle offers competitors and attendees-”many in middle and high school-”to see just how far automotive engineering has come in the last 55 years.
“It’s great to have the opportunity to have a presence at Shell Eco-marathon Americas and raise awareness of vintage automotive technology to the thousands of attendees that come to this competition every year,” said ACM CEO David Madeira. “We commend Shell for taking steps to encourage students to apply themselves in projects such as this.”
Shell Oil Co. recently signed a five-year contract with ACM to become an Official Provider of America’s Car Museum and took part in “The Drive Home,” the Museum’s 3000-mile, cross-country winter journey to the 2016 North American International Auto Show. ACM rallied three vintage cars, including the Chrysler 300G on display.
Educational initiatives are a core aspect of ACM as visitors to the Museum are encouraged to learn about the historical context of all vehicles on display. Additionally, ACM further promotes automotive career opportunities supported by several annual automotive events held in Tacoma, Washington, and through sponsors.
“America’s Car Museum is an educational center that offers programs for students of all ages to apply themselves in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Madeira. “This is in addition to the Hagerty Education Program at America’s Car Museum, which provides young adults with opportunities to gain hands-on experience in automotive restoration from skilled craftsmen and artisans.”