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Asian youth make their bid for the region’s most fuel efficient car at Shell Eco-marathon

Over a hundred cars in various shapes and sizes were spotted on the street circuit at Luneta Park in Manila on the second competition day of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014. These cars were built by students from across Asia and the Middle East in an attempt to set a new record and achieve the highest mileage on a litre of fuel.
The DLSU Archer running on Battery Electric, competing for DLSU Eco Car Team - Electric from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

The DLSU Archer running on Battery Electric, competing for DLSU Eco Car Team - Electric from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines

A total of 83 cars passed technical inspection as of this afternoon. Amongst teams who have cleared technical inspections are Team PLM Alpha 2, Brunei’s first all-girl team representing Pusat Latihan Mekanik in the Prototype Battery Electric category, as well as Team DSLU Eco-Car Team Electric from De La Salle University (DLSU) Philippines in the Urban Concept Electric category.

DLSU has participated in Shell Eco-marathon Asia since 2011 but this is a year of firsts for the contingent – the first time they are competing in the challenge on home ground, and the first time they have fielded vehicle entries in the Urban Concept category.

“Shell Eco-marathon Asia presents a great opportunity to build our engineering skills and to represent our school. It is especially significant because we are competing in our home country this year,” said Melchor Aguirre, a student team representative from DLSU Philippines.

In 2012, the winning team in the Prototype category set a record of 2,903 kilometres on a single litre of fuel – enough to drive from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. This year, a total of 68 Prototype and 37 UrbanConcept entries are aiming to set a new record at Shell Eco-marathonAsia in an urban race track, as this is the first year the competition is brought to the city streets.

By using public roads, student innovations and futuristic vehicles were tested on a more realistic stage and took on new challenges into account such as the road surface and tighter corners.

Vehicle entries used a range of energy sources: hydrogen (fuel cell), battery electric, gasoline, diesel, Shell Gas to Liquids (GTL), Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and Ethanol E100.

With one day left, excitement is building as the student teams make their last shot to achieve the farthest distance on the least amount of fuel.

“As of this morning we’ve already seen more than two-thirds of the vehicles pass technical inspection. From what I can see, competition is intense this year and it looks like there will be a close battle for top position especially in the Prototype Gasoline category. I’m really impressed by how the teams have put forward yet another year of great entries, and the adaptations they have made for a street circuit this year. This competition is going to be interesting,” said Mr. Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.

TeamZEAL Eco-Power Diesel from Tongji University, Shanghai, China faces Technical Inspection with the Z131 Prototype vehicle.

TeamZEAL Eco-Power Diesel from Tongji University, Shanghai, China faces Technical Inspection with the Z131 Prototype vehicle.

In addition to awards for achievements on the track, students are also vying for six Off-Track awards that test the team’s creativity and technical skills, as well as their approaches to safety and sustainability. These awards are in the following categories: Safety, Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Perseverance and Team Spirit and the Shell Helix Tribology Award. 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 final results will be tabulated and announced at the closing awards ceremony tomorrow.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 is held in partnership with the Philippine Government, especially the Department of Tourism 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, Lego 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.

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. In 2014, the event is being held in Manila, Philippines, which will continue to host the event until 2016.

Notes to editors:

  • Student teams may participate in one or both of the Prototype and UrbanConcept categories of the competition. The Prototype category will showcase the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient vehicle possible – these streamlined vehicles focused on maximising fuel-efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. The UrbanConcept category will focus on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles. Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on roads today.
  • For both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories, teams may enter vehicles using any of the following energy types: gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell. Results for the electrically powered vehicles are expressed in km per kilowatt hour (km/kWh) and in km per litre (km/l) for the other energy types. Students will have the freedom to exercise their creativity in technical and design aspects with the condition that all vehicles entered meet specific safety rules. Awards go to the teams that drove farthest on 1 kWh or 1 litre of fuel.
  • Off-track performance in Safety, Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Perseverance and Team Spirit of the Event and Shell Helix Tribology will also be recognised.

 

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