The two categories
Shell Eco-marathon Asia had student teams competing in two vehicle categories: Prototype and UrbanConcept. In the Prototype category, drivers squeeze into aerodynamic vehicles, lying on their backs to steer around the 1.2km (0.7 mile) track.
In the UrbanConcept category, cars look more familiar to modern-day vehicles. Built to roadworthy specifications, their extra weight may make them less fuel-efficient than Prototype cars, but they are still able to achieve impressive results to modern-day vehicles.
It is from this category that the best-of-the-best qualify to compete in the regional Drivers’ World Championship. This years competition was fierce as 51 teams – a mix of internal combustion engine, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell cars – took part to become energy-efficiency-beating UrbanConcept contenders.
Prizes were also awarded to participants in the Prototype category. The best mileage record for the Internal Combustion Engine category was 2,341.1km/l (1454.6 miles) by Panjavidhya1 from Thailand’s Panjavidhya Technological College. The team beat last year’s record of 2,288.9 km/l (1,422.2 miles/litre).
Other winners in the same category included Team HuaQi-EV from Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology in China, which posted a result of 511.0km/kWh (317.5 miles/kWh) in the Battery-electric category and TP ECO FLASH, a team from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore with a result of 404.3 km/m3 (251.2 miles/m3) in the Hydrogen category.
Apart from the on-track awards, seven off-track awards recognised outstanding technical and creative skills, as well as their approach to safety and sustainability.
Team NUST Eco-motive from the National University of Sciences and Technology in Pakistan were awarded the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event award for donating their car parts to 20 other teams after their vehicle failed to pass technical inspection.
Shanna Simmons, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director, said: “Shell Eco-marathon Asia showcased the best in innovation, collaboration and team spirit. Critical thinking and a sound strategy are needed to win the Drivers’ World Championship. We saw amazing action and my congratulations goes to all the teams.”