Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 at Rizal Park commences with a flag-off ceremony led by Royal Dutch Shell chief financial officer Simon Henry, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, and Shell companies in the Philippines country chairman Edgar Chua.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 at Rizal Park commences with a flag-off ceremony led by Royal Dutch Shell chief financial officer Simon Henry, Department of Energy Secretary Zenaida Monsada, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, and Shell companies in the Philippines country chairman Edgar Chua.

The seventh edition of Shell Eco-marathon Asia today officially commenced at the specially designed street circuit at the historic Rizal Park in Manila, Philippines. Participating teams from across Asia, the Middle East and Australia started the engines of their self-built vehicles, indicating the start of a unique four-day event that celebrates ideas and innovation, the best up-and-coming engineers, designers and inventors, and cutting-edge thinking on energy and mobility.

The annual competition challenges students from universities across the region to design, build and drive the most energy efficient cars on real city streets. Student teams will participate in either of two categories of the competition – Prototype, futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles, or UrbanConcept, highly economical and innovative vehicles that resemble today’s cars. Their chosen vehicle type will utilise any of the following energy types to compete: gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric or hydrogen fuel cell.

“We have over 100 car entries today from across Asia and the Middle East. This is a great opportunity for Shell and the teams to break down cultural barriers and learn from each other. So there’s an element of collaboration in addition to the technology innovation that is fostered by this event. This is equally important to address the challenges that we face,” said Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc in his opening remarks at the flag-off of the competition.

Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc delivering the opening remarks at the flag-off of the competition
Simon Henry, Chief Financial Officer, Royal Dutch Shell plc delivering the opening remarks at the flag-off of the competition

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.

Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Global Technical Director said, “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.

“The race stays true to the energy efficiency heritage of Shell Eco-marathon but has the added challenge of requiring students to directly race their fellow competitors. The Drivers’ World Championship will be held at Make the Future London and bring together the 24 best teams from the three regional Shell Eco-marathons where they will race on a purpose-built track at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, ultimately deciding the world-wide winner of 2016.”

A future generation of engineers and scientists, totalling 118 student teams from 17 countries all across Asia, the Middle East and Australia are competing at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 until March 6, when the final results will be announced at an awards ceremony at the Manila Hotel.

Apart from watching the competitions, the public can access the live Fan Zone which will allow visitors to get close to the track, learn more about the challenge and purchase refreshments. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an outdoor festival where they can interact with educational exhibits, participate in activities and be entertained with live performances. Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 will also feature the newly introduced Energy Zone, an attraction that allows visitors to experience a captivating and educational adventure into the future of energy, cities and sustainability.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders. It is held in partnership with the Philippine Government: Department of Tourism, the City of Manila and the National Parks and Development Council.

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). Private sector partners are Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, Globe Business, Hyundai, Isla LPG Corporation, Jollibee, Meralco, PolyKlear and Unilever Philippines.

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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, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia, up until 2013. Since 2014, the event has been held in Manila, Philippines, which will continue to host the event until 2016.

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