Students from Asia Pacific, Middle East and Australia have conquered the streets around Rizal Park, Manila to set four new mileage records in the last edition of Shell Eco-marathon Asia to be held in the Philippine city. Team how much Ethanol from Panjavidhya Technological College, Thailand clinched first place in the Prototype Alternative Fuel category with a mileage of 2,040km/l at the street circuit – the approximate equivalent distance between Manila and Bangkok. Team Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia more than doubled last year’s winning result and recorded 275km/l in the UrbanConcept Shell FuelSave Gasoline category.
“We are so happy and thrilled to have won. We have been working in this vehicle for 3 years. We were 100% confident going into this competition and knew we would win. We were previously the champions in 2014, and we think our winning feature is our variable valve timing. We made many friends here from different countries although we don’t speak English, so we are very happy.” said Jutarat Bunrak, member of team how much Ethanol.
Other teams that have achieved new mileage records include Clean Diesel Team from Japan, who bested their previous record with a recorded mileage of 1,424km/l in their Prototype vehicle on ethanol. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia also bettered their own winning result last year to champion the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category again with a record mileage of 476 km/m3.
This year will see the most significant change to Shell Eco-marathon since the competition began 30 years ago, with the introduction of the Drivers’ World Championship. Drivers will go head-to-head in a traditional racing car format whilst maintaining the need to drive efficiently, at the end of which the winning team will earn an invite to spend one week with Scuderia Ferrari at their factory in Italy. Once in Maranello, they will meet the team and receive personal coaching and advice from the engineers on how they can improve their car for the 2017 Shell Eco-marathon.
Based on this year’s results, four UrbanConcept teams have qualified for the Drivers’ World Championship, held at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London later this year.
Qualified teams include three teams from Indonesia, Team Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia, ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, and Team Bumi siliwangi team 4 from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia. DLSU Eco Car Team - Battery Electric from De La Salle University in Philippines also qualified to compete at the Drivers’ World Championship. Team NTU 3D-Printed Car from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has also been invited to compete at the event as a wildcard entrant.
“The Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship Race marks an important step in the evolution of Shell Eco-marathon and the global drive for energy efficiency, challenging the students to push further than they have before,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director. “I’m extremely excited to see five teams from Shell Eco-marathon Asia clock strong mileage results in order to qualify for the Drivers’ World Championship at Make The Future London, and I look forward to seeing them compete against the best in the world.”
This year’s winners bested 117 student teams from 17 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Australia. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the Urban Concept 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 or 1 litre of fuel.
Five Off-Track Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Teams
In addition to the 24 On-Track awards, teams also competed for five 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 Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety, and Perseverance and Spirit of the Event.
Two student teams from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore won four of the five off-track awards, with Team NTU 3D-Printed Car bringing home the Communications and Safety awards. They share the Vehicle Design award with Team NSTRU Eco-Racing from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University, Thailand.
“It has been an amazing experience for us this year. We had only hoped to achieve a valid run on track this year, but our perseverance has truly paid off as we not only met, but exceed our own expectations,” said Ahmad Ibrahim bin Mohammad Taha, a team member of Team NTU 3D-Printed Car. “We began this project as a test-bed to show that 3-D printing can be applied to large-scale creations, and we are glad that we have also inspired other teams at the competition to do the same.”
Team Nanyang E-Drive received the award for Technical Innovation for their application of a unique battery fire suppression system. It utilises CO2 to prevent the battery from igniting as a result of overheating. This self-created technology – which was partly devised using a guitar string – was simple, effective and robust in ensuring that both the driver and the vehicle remained safe while it was on the track.
“We are so glad and really appreciate that our self-built fire suppressant system was recognised and that the competition saw the value in this. We will definitely explore other aspects of safety that we can improve on, and hope to return with more technological innovations,” said Shiwei Foo, Nanyang E-Drive Team Leader.
The fifth off-track award winner was Team BITS from Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), India, who won the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event award.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia welcomed close to 30,000 members of the public over the span of four days, who got up close to the student competition and watched live performances at the Fan Zone. Visitors were also treated to a captivating and educational adventure into the future of energy, cities and sustainability at the Energy Zone, and enjoyed an outdoor festival where they were able to participate in activities and grab a bite to eat.