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Day 3: Afternoon

“Genius is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration,” according to American inventor Thomas Edison. Perspiration is certainly plentiful in the intense heat at Luneta Park – and inspired car designs flood the track. The leader board is starting to fill up.

Thai teams dominate the scoreboards for the Prototypes by mid-afternoon. Team ATE.1  has driven 1,074.12 km/l equivalent on petrol and Ratanakosin Technological College, also from Thailand, with 234.67 km/kWh in the battery electric class.

Former champions Team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa took the overall lead, driving the equivalent of 1,753.58 kilometres on a single litre of ethanol.

“We don’t expect to see the same distances as in previous years,” says Norman Koch, Global Technology Director Shell Eco-marathon. “The new circuit is more challenging.”

Team Iterbo (714) from Singapore travels the equivalent of more than 125 kilometres on just on kilowatt hour

Team Iterbo (714) from Singapore travels the equivalent of more than 125 kilometres on just on kilowatt hour

More for the road

In the UrbanConcept category Bengawan Team 2 from Indonesia has achieved 82.78 km/l equivalent on petrol while, in the battery electric class, Team ITERBO3 from Singapore travelled 126.28 km/kWh equivalent.

Distances are not as great, but the UrbanConcept category invites students to unleash their creativity. Team Adamson from the Philippines has installed on-board cameras that relay the driver’s view back to the team and reveal what’s happening around the car. Another design addition comes from Team Mesin Polnep Diesel, which has a self-designed parking sensor in their car.

“It will beep if anyone gets too close,” says team member Winda Witya Purwasari. “That’s important out on the track.”

Inspiration, perspiration – and determination

The incredible efforts of Team Eco-warriors from the Madras Institute of Technology, India, have paid off. When their car didn’t arrive in Manila, they borrowed a second-hand one from Filipino students at De La Salle University and worked tirelessly to replace its missing parts. This afternoon they passed technical inspection.

 “We are so grateful for all the support from Shell, from De La Salle University and all the other teams who rallied to help us!” says team member Subramanian Senthil Kumar.

The driver of The ATCC1, vehicle No. 326

A cultural experience

The atmosphere in the park is buzzing. Team PNEC-NUST, from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Karachi, are among those thrilled to be here. It has two petrol-fuelled cars - but it’s their booth that’s turning heads. Green balloons and fairy lights adorn the walls, along with traditional Pakistani costumes, wedding shoes and the uniform of the Pakistan cricket team.

“We are taking the opportunity to introduce our country and culture,” says team advisor Sajid Jalil.

Teams will want to show their countries what they are capable of out on the track in the final day of competition tomorrow.