An Indonesian team triumphed in the grand finale of the first Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship (DWC). It was a hard-fought race around a course in east London that challenged many teams.
The battery-electric car from Bandung beat UrbanConcept category cars from around the world to take the first DWC chequered flag.
“We’re happy and proud to have taken part in and won this prestigious championship,” said Amin Sobirim, a member of team BUMI Siliwangi. They won a well-deserved technology training week in Italy with the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team.
French students ISEN Toulon/SCS took second place in the big race, adding to their table-topping energy efficiency performance in the battery-electric UrbanConcept class. Alden-Conger High School from the USA came third with their diesel-sipping motor.
More than 200 student squads from 29 countries around the world gathered at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see who could navigate the 2.2-km track with the least amount of fuel.
The teams design and build cars that use a variety of energy types, ranging from gasoline and natural gas to electric batteries and hydrogen. The designs fall into two broad categories: Prototype, which focuses entirely on driving as far as possible using the least energy, and UrbanConcept, where energy efficiency is important but the vehicles look more like normal city cars.