After months of working on their unique cars, these bright, young engineers from across the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions will put their vehicles to the test in one of the world’s longest-running student competitions.

Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme, challenging students from around the world to design, build and drive their own energy-efficient vehicles.

The Asia leg of the programme is now in its ninth year – and it is the second time it has come to Singapore. It takes place from March 8 to 11 at the Changi Exhibition Centre as the highlight of Make the Future Singapore – a four-day public festival of ideas and innovation for Asia.

How it works

The event includes two competitions. In the traditional mileage challenge, teams compete to travel the farthest on the least amount of energy.

In the mileage challenges, there are two categories for teams to choose: Prototype and UrbanConcept.

Prototype teams feature futuristic and highly-aerodynamic vehicles, while UrbanConcept showcases economical and innovative vehicles that resemble regular cars on the road.

In 2017, one team’s car could travel the equivalent of 2,289 kilometres - the distance from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand – on just one litre of fuel!

The second competition is the Drivers’ World Championship Asia. Teams must combine the energy-efficiency of their cars, with the speed and skill of the driver in an exciting race to find Asia’s fastest energy-efficient driver. The winner will go on to compete in the grand final in London.

The teams compete based on their selected energy source:

  • Internal Combustion Engine: Gasoline, diesel, ethanol (biofuel)
  • Battery-electric power
  • Hydrogen fuel cell

UrbanConcept teams with the best energy-efficiency results will go on to compete in the Drivers’ World Championship regional competition.

Competing teams

For the first time, Shell Eco-marathon Asia welcomes teams from Kazakhstan. Students from its National Technical University will compete with a unique ethanol-powered car designed to perform under extreme weather and temperature conditions, mirroring Kazakhstan’s diverse climate which ranges from -40o Celsius in winter to 40oC in summer. Students from Nazarbayev University are racing with a battery-electric car.

Contenders on home ground in Singapore include a first-time entrant in newcomer Temasek Polytechnic, brand new cars from institutions like Ngee Ann Polytechnic, as well as returning teams from universities such as Nanyang Technological University and Singapore University of Technology and Design.

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