Students from Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa have conquered the streets of Luneta Park, Manila to set five new mileage records at Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan clinched first place in the Prototype Shell FuelSave Diesel category with a new record mileage of 1,245 km/l at the street circuit, more than double last year’s winning score. Also doubling last year’s result was ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia, who recorded 153 km/l in the UrbanConcept Shell FuelSave Diesel category.

Three other teams achieving new mileage records include Team LH – Gold Energy of Lac Hong University, Vietnam who won the UrbanConcept Alternative Fuel category with 164 km/l on ethanol, and Prototype Battery Electric champion Team NSTRU Eco-Racing from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Thailand with a mileage of 451km/kWh. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia bettered their own winning result last year to champion the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category again with a record mileage of 315 km/m3. 

We are very happy to be the first Vietnamese team ever to win at a Shell Eco-marathon Asia event. We are honoured to represent Vietnam and proud that we are bringing our university to a regional competition

Le Phuong Long, Team Leader of LH – Gold Energy from Lac Hong University, Vietnam

“The team has learned a lot and done our best to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency, and we dedicate this win to Vietnam.”

Thailand has emerged overall victor for the second year running at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia street circuit event. Apart from Team NSTRU Eco-Racing in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, the contingent won two other on-track titles including Team ATE.1 from Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School who clinched the Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline award with a mileage of 1,490 km/l. Team Virgin of Sakonnakhon Technical College Thailand, winner of 2014’s Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline category, clocked the highest mileage of the competition in a different category this year with 1,572 km on a litre of ethanol – the approximate equivalent distance between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.

“The team wanted to challenge itself with a new type of engine this year and decided to build a new vehicle with a carbon fibre body which makes the car lighter,” said Sakonnakhon Technical College’s Team Advisor Mr. Pramuan Ronyut. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance in an international arena like this – it is a great platform for students interested in this field to compete against and learn from other country teams.”

This year’s winners bested over 120 student teams from 17 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa – including new entrants from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the UrbanConcept or Prototype category in any of the seven different energy types. 

Results are measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh of electricity, 1 m3 of hydrogen or 1 litre of fuel.

“I’m proud to see more teams and nations than ever 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 and recorded results in their first year, and I look forward to welcoming more newcomers in the next edition,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.

Six Off-Track Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Teams

In addition to the 10 On-Track awards, teams also competed for six Off-Track Awards that tested their technical and creative skills, as well as their approach to safety and sustainability. A panel of experts from various fields judged the students on a variety of categories that covered Safety, Communications, Technical Innovation, Vehicle Design, Perseverance and Spirit of the Event and Tribology. The Shell Helix Tribology Award is an off-track award that recognises student teams that demonstrate the use of lubrication engineering principles to improve the fuel efficiency result of their vehicles.

The “Perseverance and Spirit of the Event” award went to Team Alfaisal from Alfaisal University of Saudi Arabia, for showing great resilience despite a delay in receiving their car onsite. The precious time lost did not stop them from sharing their materials and resources with neighbouring teams. They donated their spare engine to a competing Philippine team who faced sudden challenges with their engine.

“It’s not all about the competition, but about the shared knowledge as well,” said Abdulmoshin Albabtain, Team Alfaisal’s driver and team leader. “Several teams came to help us as we experienced challenges along the way. It was all for one and one for all.”

Team Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University Singapore won two off-track awards in Safety and Technical Innovation. For the latter award, the team impressed the judges from Southwest Research Institute with the application of a novel steering mechanism which included stepper motor control. As a result, the vehicle was able to lean when turning corners to maintain its speed.

“Shell Eco-marathon is about inspiring the youth to come up with solutions for the future. This innovation will help us look at smarter mobility, and explore new types of fuel which can be more sustainable,” said Edgar Chua, Country Chairman of the Shell companies in the Philippines.

Overview of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 winners

Prototype Category

Shell FuelSave Gasoline

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 ATE.1 Thailand Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School
Gasoline 1,490.2km/l
2 CKD - MIN10 Vietnam University of Technical Education Ho Chi Minh City Gasoline 568.0km/l
3 Batavia Generation Team Indonesia Universitas Negeri Jakarta Gasoline 485.4km/l

Shell FuelSave Diesel

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 Clean Diesel Team Japan Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute Diesel 1245.2km/l
2 Panja Thailand Panjavidhya Technological College Diesel 530.7km/l
3 WithOut Limits United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology, Ruwals (RUC) Diesel 175.4km/l

Alternative Fuel

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 Virgin Thailand Sakonnakhon Technical College Ethanol 1572.0km/l
2 Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa Thailand Dhurakij Pubdit University Ethanol  458.8km/l
3 Deakin Prototype Australia Deakin University Ethanol 281.1km/l

Battery Electric

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (kWh)
1 NSTRU Eco-Racing Thailand Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Battery Electric 451.3km/kWh
2 Ratanakosin Technological college Thailand Rattanakosin Technological College Battery Electric 368.7km/kWh
3 EcoTraveller Singapore Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Battery Electric 324.5km/kWh

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/m3)
1 UiTM Eco-Sprint Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Hydrogen 315.6km/m3
2 Eco-Voyager Malaysia University of Malaya Hydrogen 216.0km/m3
3 GenNext Pejuang Brunei Universiti Brunei Darussalam Hydrogen 186.8km/m3

UrbanConcept Category

Shell FuelSave Gasoline

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 DLSU Eco Car Team - I.C.E. Philippines De La Salle University Gasoline 126.6km/l
2 Donmuang Technical college Thailand Donmuang Technical College Gasoline 76.9km/l
3 Innova Pakistan Pakistan Institute Of Engineering and Applied Sciences Gasoline 58.1km/l

Shell FuelSave Diesel

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 ITS Team 2 Indonesia Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Diesel 152.7km/l
2 Cikal Diesel Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung Diesel 136.9km/l
3 Bengawan Team 2 Indonesia Sebelas Maret University Diesel 99.2km/l

Alternative Fuel

Rank Team name Country School Name   Fuel Type  Best attempt (km/l)
1 LH - GOLD ENERGY Vietnam Lac Hong University Ethanol 164.4km/l
2 Horas Mesin Indonesia University of Sumatera Utara Ethanol  134.7km/l
3 IST AKPRIND 1 Indonesia Institut Sains & Teknologi AKPRIND Ethanol 89.0km/l

Battery Electric

Rank Team name  Country School Name  Fuel Type Best attempt (kWh)
1 Team UP Philippines University of the Philippines - Diliman Battery Electric 40.5km/kWh

Hydrogen Fuel Cell

Rank Team name  Country School Name  Fuel Type Best attempt (km/m3
1 UiTM Eco planet Malaysia Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Hydrogen 105.8km/m3

Off-Track Awards Winners:

Communications

Anubis, Team CUT Eco-Racing UC

Cairo University Faculty of Engineering, Egypt

Team CUT Eco-Racing UC understood the strategic value of media engagement and was able to get to the heart of it by approaching the Egypt Prime Minister to support their initiative. They organised the country’s biggest engineering festival and succeeded in getting not only the Prime Minister but also six other ministers to attend the event. They also participated in other publicity events and made the news in broadcast and print. This jumpstarted their story to take a life of its own. Their campaign caught the attention of six sponsors who helped them raise a total of almost USD 230,000 which will be used to fund future engineering projects.

Vehicle Design

CD04-evo, Clean Diesel Team

Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan

Clean Diesel Team won for their ingenious vehicle design that successfully integrated ergonomic, aesthetic, material, technical and eco-friendly elements. The vehicle design allows sufficient space for the driver’s comfort, is aerodynamically optimised and visually pleasing. The team efficiently used a structure made of carbon fibre of just the right thickness, turned a conventional approach into creative implementation with their power train and engine management system to improve overall driving efficiency, and utilised recyclable materials reducing the car’s environmental footprint.

Technical Innovation

Nanyang Venture IX, Team Nanyang E Drive

Nanyang Technological University (NTU),

Singapore

Team Nanyang E Drive impressed with the application of a novel steering mechanism which included stepper motor control. As a result, the vehicle was able to lean when turning corners to maintain its speed. An electronic control circuit was designed to determine the optimum leaning angle as a function of vehicle speed and corner radius. The same team is also the winner of this year’s Safety award.

Perseverance and Spirit

Team Alfaisal

Alfaisal University, Saudi Arabia

Team Alfaisal showed great resilience despite a delay in receiving their car onsite. They remained positive and chose to move forward amidst challenges, and focused on preparing whatever they could in advance for when their car was delivered to their garage. Despite precious time lost, it did not stop them from sharing their materials and resources to neighbouring teams. They donated their spare engine to a competing Philippines team which faced sudden challenges with their engine. The team has demonstrated that the event is not about winning, but is about reaching a common goal – driving innovation to achieve sustainable mobility.

Safety

Nanyang Venture IX, Team Nanyang E Drive

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Team Nanyang E Drive wins the Safety award alongside the Technical Innovation award for displaying strong awareness of potential hazards, and for putting in control checks and measures to ensure that such incidents are prevented. Each team member has consistently displayed adherence to safety practices—a good sign that safety is truly ingrained and embedded in the hearts and minds of the entire team. 

Shell Helix Tribology

Symmetry V3.0, Team TIP Mileage Proto

Technological Institute of the Philippines

Team TIP Mileage Proto from the Technological Institute of the Philippines diligently thought about quantifying the effect of lubricants on friction, and used lubricants with varying viscosity to minimise fuel consumption. By testing different oils available in the market, they were able to understand its effects on fuel economy and took advantage of the benefits of low viscosity synthetic oils.

The team also thought about lubricants in all parts of the engine. They incorporated a chain drive lubricated with a brush type oil dispenser with an automatic timer that also kept the chain clean. Lastly, they looked at the impact of different materials and used wheel bearings with a plastic retainer to improve energy efficiency.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 is held in partnership with the Philippine Government, especially the Department of Tourism, Department of Energy and the City of Manila. Its global Partners include HP (Official Global Information Technology (IT) Partner), Michelin (Official Global Paddock Partner and Tyre Supplier), The Linde Group (Official Global Paddock Partner) and Southwest Research Institute (Official Global Paddock Partner). Local private sector partners are Unilever Philippines, Solane, Coca-Cola, Globe and Hyundai.

For more information on all Shell Eco-marathon events across the globe, including official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.  

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About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l), and from these humble origins, a more organized competition evolved. In 1985 in France, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia. Malaysia hosted Shell Eco-Marathon Asia until 2013. Since 2014, the event is being held in Manila, Philippines, which will continue to host the event until 2016.

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