Student-designed cars of the future compete at Shell Eco-marathon Asia
Mar 5, 2016
Competition begins as 118 student teams vie for the highest mileage on the least amount of fuel
Cars of the future have begun competing at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016 in Manila today
A student designed and built vehicle on the specially-constructed Rizal Park street circuit in Manila
Futuristic and fuel-efficient cars have started running along the Rizal Park street circuit in Manila today, marking the start of the competition at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016. These vehicles were designed and built by students from 17 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Australia.
Inventive entries in various shapes, colours and sizes were seen as the students’ creativity and technical skills were put to the test. Team UITM Eco-Planet from the Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam, Malaysia, debuted a 3-D printed car that was assembled from 120 individually-printed parts, with each part taking approximately 10 hours to complete.
“We chose to 3-D print our car as it’s lightweight, economical, reduces fabrication time and ensures zero fabrication errors. As we only had a small, office-sized 3-D printer, we spent over 1,200 hours printing the individual parts which we assembled together when we arrived in Manila,” said Mohd Syafiq Akmal Samsudin from Team UTIM Eco-Planet.
All vehicles must pass a set of technical tests before they are allowed onto the competition circuit to see how far they can get on the least amount of fuel, and potentially achieve the highest mileage in the competition. As of noon today, over 80 student teams have passed the technical inspection.
First-time participants Team HVCT from the Ho Chi Minh Vocational College of Technology, Vietnam and Team The Emirates Falcon from the Higher Colleges of Technology – Sharjah, United Arab Emirates were among the first teams to have cleared technical inspection in their Prototype Gasoline cars.
“We initially faced challenges with our fuel system, but we managed to pass technical inspection on our second attempt, which we felt was a miracle. It was nerve-wrecking but the experience at the event has been amazing.” said Pham Hong Thang of Team HVCT. “We’ve made a lot of new friends here and have learnt a lot from the other teams. Some teams even shared their tools and parts with us!”
Black Panthera by Team UITM Eco-Planet, which was built with 120 individual 3-D printed parts
New entrant Team HVCT named their vehicle ‘Minion’, based on popular characters from the movie Despicable Me, as they felt it represented their team members’ personalities best – bright and happy
In addition to awards for achievements on the track, students are also vying for five Off-Track awards that test the team’s creativity and technical skills, as well as their approaches to safety and sustainability. These awards are in the following categories: Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety and Perseverance and Spirit of the Event.
Student teams have today and tomorrow to record their attempts on the circuit. The final results will be tabulated and announced at the closing awards ceremony tomorrow.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia has welcomed close to 10,000 members of the public as of noon today, who got up close to the student competition and watched live performances by Mad Science, a comedic edu-tainment show at the Shell Fan Zone. Visitors also experienced 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.
Visitors racing their self-assembled salt water powered cars at the Fan Zone within Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016
A visitor participating in a Fan Zone experience at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016
Shell Eco-marathon 2016 shows Shell’s commitment to helping the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way, bringing together students, partners and the public. It is held in partnership with the Philippine Government Department of Tourism and the City of Manila. 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.
For more information on all Shell Eco-marathon events across the globe, including official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.
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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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