Energy-efficient cars set for Singapore challenge
More than 120 student teams from 18 countries are gathering in Singapore to compete in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia.
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.
Watch: Highlights from Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017
Title: Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 _ Singapore highlights
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Highlights from the Shell Eco-marathon Asia held in Singapore
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 _ Singapore highlights Transcript
[Background music plays]
Dramatic, suspenseful instrumental music at the start, then proceeding to more upbeat instrumental music with synthesised effects
Time-lapse footage of a city skyscape. Wide-angled view of part of the Eco-marathon track, yellow banner flags stretching across the length of the track, the South China Sea in the background. Text appears on-screen centred at the bottom as displayed below.
Breaking records in Singapore
SHELL ECO-MARATHON ASIA
Time-lapse footage of the participating teams and their vehicles inside the Changi Exhibition Centre. Time-lapse footage of the teams bringing their vehicles out of the centre towards the track. Shot of a group of students pushing their low vehicle towards the track while cheering into the camera.
Can you imagine going from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur
Wide-angled time-lapse footage of the vehicles racing on the track, the South China Sea in the background. More time-lapse footage of the vehicles racing past the finish line. Text appears bottom right as displayed below.
And back on 1 litre of fuel?
Time-lapse footage taken on the track of the vehicles racing. Change to shot of a group of students bringing their vehicle to the start line while cheering into the camera. Shot of a different group of students queuing up with their vehicle whilst cheering and holding up an Indian flag. Text appears bottom left as displayed below.
123 teams from 20 countries in Asia and beyond
Shot of a group of students queueing up with their low, white vehicle whilst cheering into the camera and holding up a South Korean flag. Close-up of a driver inside his black vehicle smiling and giving the camera a thumbs up. Close-up of an individual’s side, focusing in on the sleeve of his dark blue t-shirt bearing a Thai flag and white embroidered text reading Thailand, as he starts putting on a white glove. Close-up of an individual’s shoulder focusing in on the sleeve of his blue t-shirt bearing a South Korean flag. Close-up of an individual’s chest, white t-shirt with Vietnamese flag and black embroidered text reading Vietnam on the front.
Rapidly panning shot of a team at work on their vehicle inside the exhibition centre. Close-up of a Malaysian flag and participating number on a blue vehicle. View of a group of students jumping up holding a banner with yellow text reading GUC ONE INNOVATORS on a black background and an Egyptian flag, their vehicle in front of them. Close-up of two drivers from the Indonesian team standing beside their vehicle as a man performs an inspection. View of a group of students wearing black shirts with white text reading UCM on the front outside the exhibition centre giving the camera a thumbs up. Text appears on-screen bottom left as displayed below.
Came to Singapore for the first time
View of a group of students in yellow t-shirts with centred green text reading Shell Fuel Economy Challenge standing around an orange vehicle inside the exhibition centre as they wave to the camera. View of a group of students inside the exhibition centre standing around a black vehicle with the Shell pecten logo on its roof waving to the camera. Behind them, a large yellow panel with red text reading Brake Test, the Michelin logo and name underneath in blue, and a traffic light sign. View of a group of students waving to the camera. View of a group of students holding an Egyptian flag, standing behind their vehicle, and giving the camera a thumbs up. Close-up of a glass canister with the Shell pecten logo being filled with a clear red liquid. Close-up of a young man looking at a glass vial filled with a clear yellowish liquid. Text appears on-screen at the bottom as displayed below.
To compete in a unique challenge
Shot panning upwards of a group of students inspecting their vehicle inside the exhibition centre. Close-up of the hood of a yellow vehicle covered in partner and sponsor stickers. A young man is kneeling down in front of it holding a round object. Wider view of the same vehicle, to the right of the shot an individual’s shoulder and a tablet. View of an inspector holding a tablet with several wires attached gesturing to a group of students. Close-up of a glass canister filled with a clear red liquid. Text appears on-screen bottom left as displayed below.
Pushing the boundaries of energy efficiency
View of a group of students looking on as some of the aforementioned red liquid is being pumped and then inspected. Close-up of a young man outside the centre giving the camera the peace sign with both hands. Shot taken outside the centre as students are lined up waving at the camera. Footage of the vehicles racing on the track. Shot of spectators holding cameras. More footage of the vehicles racing on the track and spectators applauding. Shot of a young driver running up some stairs to come on stage while holding a Thai flag above his head. Partial view of the winning group on-stage holding up their trophy. Text appears on-screen centred as displayed below.
Shot of the group who ended in second place on-stage. A young man holding a trophy bends down and shakes a man’s hand. Pan down to focus in on the cheque in front of them which reads 2nd Place Internal Combustion – UrbanConcept Two thousand dollars. View of a group of individuals on-stage cheering and raising their hands in the air. View of a group of students inside the exhibition centre raising their fists in the air cheering into the camera as one individual in the middle of the group holds a small trophy resembling a driver’s helmet.
Shot of a group cheering into the camera holding up a trophy and cheque with text reading Vehicle Design Award – UrbanConcept Three thousand dollars. Shot of a group of students jumping up and cheering holding a trophy, a cheque, and flag with a blue logo and black text reading School of Automotive Studies. Time-lapse footage of the vehicles lined up on the track as students come running out of the exhibition centre to assemble around their vehicles for the family portrait. Sequence of close-ups of the students looking up and cheering. Wide-angled view of the family portrait as text appears centred on-screen as displayed below.
White background appears with centred Shell pecten logo
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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.
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.