It was an exciting finale for the Drivers’ World Championship at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park on 8 July. ITS Team 2 from Indonesia’s Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Surabaya was crowned the ultimate winner of the ultra-efficient energy competition, the second Asian team to win in the three years the competition has been running.

The Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship series is a head-to-head race between the 2018 UrbanConcept winners from the Americas, Asia and Europe. ITS Team 2’s gasoline-powered car took the winning position by crossing the finish line first after 10 laps of the track.

The winning team will be awarded an unforgettable prize experience: an invitation to visit Scuderia Ferrari's exclusive headquarters in Italy, for the ultimate grand tour. They will participate in exciting workshops and learn from the best at Ferrari.

ITS Team 2 team manager Rafi Rasyad said: “This is a remarkable achievement. Our hard work over the past months has paid off and we are happy to be crowned the fastest car in this global competition. This is a victory for us, and for Indonesia.”

“With a new track and a heatwave in London the European competition was more challenging than ever,” said Norman Koch, Global General Manager for Shell Eco-marathon. “The Drivers’ World Championship demands the best in automotive technology and innovation to push the boundaries of energy efficiency. Sharp skills and a sound strategy in handling the vehicle and managing fuel efficiency are imperative in helping the team cross the finish line first.”

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New generation of innovators

Indonesian students also took the top prize at Shell’s annual innovation competition. Herman Amrullah, Sholahuddin Alayyubi, and Thya Laurencia Benedita Araujo of the Smart Car MCS team from Gadjah Mada University won over the judges and the audience in the final of Shell Ideas360 – a competition that challenges students around the world to develop ideas to help meet the energy, water and food needs of a growing global population.

Their winning idea involved using the heat from car exhaust fumes to break down plastic waste and turn it into alternative fuel. Smart Car MCS said, “Being part of Shell Ideas360 has been an amazing experience, we’ve learnt so much, and we’re really thankful to Shell and all those who supported and believed in us.”

“Meeting the future energy needs of global society will take much imagination and cooperation across generations. This new generation of innovators are rising to the challenge,” said Ben van Beurden, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Dutch Shell.

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