Technology to cry for
For many teams, passing technical inspection is more important than the track competition, giving them the chance to learn and validate their skills. Eventually, 112 out of the 127 cars had made the grade.
Members of DLSU-D Stallions, first-timers from the Philippines, including Jan Ian Karlo Peralba, wept when their Prototype gasoline car passed. "It took us two days to fix the fuel system and steering so we are emotional."
Project Garuda and car Phoenix from India, featured on Friday, made it onto the track as their third attempt to visit the Shell Eco-marathon paid off.
Perseverance and team spirit
Throughout the week, stories of determination and care for others abounded.
Team UM from the University of Mindanao in the Philippines had no money for a place to stay in Manila. Instead, they stayed with a friend 2-3 hours away from the venue, leaving the paddock at 10 pm but still making it back in time for the daily 7 am briefing.
Enthusiastic newcomers Team Alfaisal from Saudi Arabia won the off-track award for perseverance and team spirit . Their car arrived last, 1.5 days late, but they stayed calm and positive, even donating a spare motor to Philippine team DLSU-D Stallions when theirs broke.
Driver and team leader Abdulmoshin Albabtain said, “It was all for one and one for all.” Sadly, their Shell Eco-marathon ended in the pit stop just metres from the track in the Prototype competition’s final seconds.
Signing off from Manila 2015
Once the final day had come to a close, students came together for an awards ceremony and dinner.
“I’m proud to see more teams and more nations joining the Shell Eco-marathon family this year. It’s very impressive that new starters from countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bangladesh have made successful runs,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.
Asia now passes the baton to the Americas for the next Shell Eco-marathon, taking place from April 9 to 12 in Detroit, the USA’s “Motor City”.