Cruising to victory
A winning team has driven the equivalent of 1,572 km on a litre of fuel at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia, the distance from Manila, Philippines, to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
Day 4: March 1st, 2015
Thailand has emerged overall victor for the second year running at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia event in Manila, Philippines – an event that saw five new records set.
Thai team Virgin from Sakonnakhon Technical College, with their car Thao Pha Dang Nang Ai, drove the equivalent of 1,572 km/l in the Prototype alternative fuel category to take the top prize. Imagine the distance between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
This year’s victors won in the Prototype gasoline category last year with 1,796 km/l. In 2015, they decided to switch to ethanol for a new challenge built a new vehicle with a carbon fibre body to keep it lighter.
Driver Boonlam Phomkam is thrilled. “It is hard to win, but even tougher to hang on to the championship,” he said.
Make it...or brake it! The last day of the competition was full of emotions, and Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 came to an end with new stars of energy efficiency. Watch the highlights!
Title: Make or brake!
Duration: 2:15 minutes
Description: Team members talk about the race and the build up to it
Futuristic sound effects.
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MAKE OR BRAKE
City skyline at night. Sun rises and becomes day.
Man in car/buggy BEING strapped in.
People putting windscreen down on car.
“We’re confident today that we can hopefully finish all of the attempt and make a good result.”
Windscreen being closed on another car.
Car being pushed onto track.
“Yesterday was a little bit disappointing for us because due to the high temperatures our brakes got jammed. So we rectified the problem today and now we’re pretty good to go.”
“We’re very, very tense right now. This is our third run. We hope we will have the best run of our competition.”
Car being wheeled on the track up to the starting line.
“This is our last bit of energy we’re putting in it. After ten months of effort, this is the last thing.”
Person adjusting position in driver’s seat.
Driver giving thumbs-up.
Man waving green flag in front of black car on track.
Black car drives away.
Cars going around track.
View inside the car, looking up at driver.
More cars going around track.
“We feel very frustrated because it’s not our fault we couldn’t make it in time for the queue up because there’s a problem in the technical section.”
Man running off track and cheering. Turns and gives high fives to driver.
“The car was very slow. I was very afraid that I will not reach in the time. We reached in the last second. We achieved it. We are very happy.”
Driver looking up at times on screen.
Team member hugging driver.
“We’re still waiting on the results of the other teams but so far right now….”
“We’re the number one.”
Team member looks over man’s shoulder to his clipboard and starts cheering. Team cheers and shakes hands.
“We got 27 minutes out of 29, so now we have a chance to win it.”
Car starting to go after flag being waved at it.
Cars going around track.
Man waving flag at finish line.
People checking a car.
Car being worked on.
Two team members pick the driver up onto their shoulders and cheer.
A driver is hugged by his team mates.
Cars going round the track.
Team members at a barrier cheer the driver as he comes to greet them. They shake hands.
Music changes to brighter, uplifting music.
Room full of people seated around tables.
People waiting at tables.
People looking up at a screen.
Team around one table stands and cheers.
Team walks in with a flag on their shoulders.
Team on stage with a large trophy.
Room giving a round of applause.
Team lift trophy and cheer.
Another team stands and cheers.
Team presented with a large cheque on stage.
Team waving flag and walking towards stage.
Team with medals and a trophy pose for pictures.
More people standing and cheering.
Team presented with large cheque on stage.
Team lifts cheque above their heads and cheers.
Applause heard as footage fades out.
Musical riff plays.
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Victory clean and simple
Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan’s only entrant, clinched first place in the Prototype diesel category with a new record mileage of 1,245 km/l, more than double last year’s winning score. They also won the off-track award for vehicle design.
"This car was made in 2004, and every year we keep making small improvements to get better mileage,” said team advisor Toshinari Fujii. A small team with just three members and one supporting member, they practice 2-3 hours each weekday and 8 hours on weekends.
Team ATE.1 from Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School in Thailand drove their Prototype gasoline car the equivalent of 1,490 km/l, winning their category, but they were not able to match last year’s 1,796 km/l performance by team Virgin.
Team advisor Bunma Nawathong said, “Their body was made of fibre. Ours is aluminium and heavier, but we will try to make changes for next year."
Urban track stars
Also doubling last year’s result was ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia, who recorded 153 km/l in the UrbanConcept diesel category.
Other teams achieving new mileage records include Team LH – Gold Energy of Lac Hong University, Vietnam who won the UrbanConcept alternative fuel category with 164 km/l on ethanol, and Prototype battery electric champion Team NSTRU Eco-Racing from Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Thailand with a mileage of 451 km/kWh. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia is champion in the Prototype Hydrogen Fuel Cell category again with their 315 km/m3 equivalent record.
"We are very happy to be the first Vietnamese team ever to win at a Shell Eco-marathon Asia event,” said Le Phuong Long, LH – Gold Energy team leader.
The winner Thao Pha Dang Nang Ai Prototype by team Virgin from Sakonnakhon Technical College, Thailand hits the track for their winning lap at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Mike Alquinto/AP Images for Shell)
The driver of The CD04-evo. Prototype car, competing for team Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, Japan, celebrates the win at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Geric Cruz/AP Images for Shell)
The Symmetry V3.0 UrbanConcept car by team TIP Mileage Proto from Technological Institute of the Philippines at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Jinggo Montenejo/AP Images for Shell)