“The team has learned a lot and done our best to achieve the best possible fuel efficiency, and we dedicate this win to Vietnam.”
Thailand has emerged overall victor for the second year running at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia street circuit event. Apart from Team NSTRU Eco-Racing in the Prototype Battery Electric Category, the contingent won two other on-track titles including Team ATE.1 from Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School who clinched the Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline award with a mileage of 1,490 km/l. Team Virgin of Sakonnakhon Technical College Thailand, winner of 2014’s Prototype Shell FuelSave Gasoline category, clocked the highest mileage of the competition in a different category this year with 1,572 km on a litre of ethanol – the approximate equivalent distance between Manila and Ho Chi Minh City.
“The team wanted to challenge itself with a new type of engine this year and decided to build a new vehicle with a carbon fibre body which makes the car lighter,” said Sakonnakhon Technical College’s Team Advisor Mr. Pramuan Ronyut. “I’m very proud of the team’s performance in an international arena like this – it is a great platform for students interested in this field to compete against and learn from other country teams.”
This year’s winners bested over 120 student teams from 17 countries across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa – including new entrants from Australia, Bangladesh, Oman and Saudi Arabia. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the UrbanConcept or Prototype category in any of the seven different energy types.
Results are measured on who can drive the furthest on the equivalent of 1 kWh of electricity, 1 m3 of hydrogen or 1 litre of fuel.
“I’m proud to see more teams and nations than ever joining the Shell Eco-marathon family this year. It’s very impressive that new starters from countries like Australia, Saudi Arabia, Oman and Bangladesh have made successful runs and recorded results in their first year, and I look forward to welcoming more newcomers in the next edition,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.