The heat is on
It’s not only the Manila sunshine making the temperature rise on track as the competition days get underway. Just a few hours today and tomorrow will decide who this year’s winners are.
Day 3: February 28, 2015
It’s finally here! Saturday is the first on-track competition day. The 51 teams through the technical inspection early this morning were already free to go out on track – Prototypes first – to make their first of five possible award attempts. By 4 pm, the number was 83.
Each attempt requires driving 10 laps of the 1.3 km-long urban track at Manila’s Rizal Park. The amount of fuel or energy consumed is measured meticulously by the technical team, who calculate how far the cars would have travelled on the equivalent of one litre of fuel.
Manila heats up and so does the track at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. Teams from Australia to Thailand push their cars to the limit trying to break the boundaries of energy efficiency
Title: The heat is on!
Duration: 1:41 minutes
Description: Team members discuss the face and their cars
Futuristic sound effects.
Text displayed on mustard yellow background below small Shell logo.
THE HEAT IS ON
Electric guitar music.
Driver in seat of car/buggy. Windscreen being lowered around him.
Driver having a drink of water.
Driver having door closed.
Driver giving thumbs-up.
“Everything has passed. We have the technical and safety stickers. We’re feeling very, very excited right now.”
Cars being pushed onto track.
Starting line of track.
“Yes, I’m feeling really nervous.”
“We are totally ready.”
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“This is where the real excitement happens as the competition has begun today.”
Green flag being waved in front of car. Car goes around track – camera view from driver.
Cars going around track.
Team member looking at scoreboard and cheers.
Two team members giving each other a high-five.
“Best driver there is.”
Car going around track.
Car being pushed into inspection area.
“This car just achieved nearly 500km per litre.”
“This is our second attempt so it’s good to be out there again. We’re going to try a different approach. Last time we did a stop start and we were coasting, but now we’re going to do just a nice constant speed to see if that improves our fuel consumption.”
Car going around track.
Green flag waved in front of car, car starts off on lap.
“So we don’t want to let the car out until it’s really safe and secure. Because it’s running hydrogen we want to make sure it’s safe. Safety is paramount here.”
Team working under bonnet of car, hydrogen canister seen.
Driver in car.
Man with clipboard shakes his head.
Team member hits the hydrogen canister, getting frustrated.
Cars going around track.
Driver gets out of car and team members greet and cheer.
“First attempt we only finished four laps so it’s really good to finish ten full laps. Now it’s time to drink water.”
Musical riff plays.
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Onwards, mainly upwards
By lunchtime, the only Japanese competitor, Clean Diesel Team from Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute, had powered through last year’s best diesel Prototype result. They drove 1,165 kilometres per litre equivalent on their first attempt, compared to 717.6 km/l. Team leader Daichi Sakamoto now wants to hit 1,500 km/l equivalent.
One of this year’s favourites is Thai team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa, with their ethanol-powered Prototype. They reached 459 km/l at the first attempt, a long way short of their 2,211.3 km/l runner-up performance in 2014. Teacher and advisor Narongdech Keeratipranon was unconcerned, and even a burst tyre on Friday had failed to dampen spirits. “Everything's on plan. No big trouble,” he said.
The battery electric Prototype from Thailand’s Rattanakosin Technological College has shattered the team’s own 2014 top performance with a 333 km per kilowatt hour drive on their second attempt, up from 263.4 kWh/km last year.
The Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa Prototype by Thai team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa from Dhurakij Pubdit University at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Doug Benc/AP Images for Shell)
The Panja Prototype, competing for team Panja from Panjavidhya Technological College, Thailand at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Jinggo Montenejo/AP Images for Shell)
The EcoTraveller Prototype by team EcoTraveller from Institute of Technical Education (ITE), Singapore, runs on the track during day three of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Mike Alquinto/AP Images for Shell)
Visitors start coming in as gates open during day three of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015 in Manila. (Mark Cristino/AP Images for Shell)
The Countach Prototype by team Eco-Swinger from University of Malaya, Malaysia seen on the track at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2015. (Jinggo Montenejo/AP Images for Shell)