Indonesia won the first Drivers’ World Championship race in the finale of Shell Eco-marathon Europe, while France dominated the fuel-efficiency competition.
A team from Indonesia won the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship in London on Sunday, seeing off stiff competition from the best UrbanConcept cars selected from around the world.
It was a hard-fought final race around a course that challenged many teams over the four-day event. But team Bumi Siliwangi’s battery-electric car from Bandung took the chequered flag. Sunday’s sensational victory wins the Indonesians a well-deserved week in Italy with the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team.
“We’re happy and proud to have taken part in and won this prestigious championship,” Amin Sobirim, a member of the victorious team, said.
French team ISEN Toulon/SCS took second place in the race, adding to their victory in the battery-electric UrbanConcept category on Saturday. Alden-Conger High School from the USA came third with their diesel-sipping car.
French domination of the energy-efficiency competition continued on Sunday, with team Microjoule-La Joliverie again proving the most efficient combustion engine in the Prototype challenge. Their 2,606.4 km/litre equivalent attempt was a new compressed natural gas (CNG) car record. That’s the same as driving from London to Milan and back on less than a litre of fuel.
French leadership of the event was reinforced by TED team from Toulouse, which came second in the Prototype challenge with 2,300.1 km/l equivalent for their gasoline car. Microjoule’s 2010 gasoline record of 3,771 km/l remains unchallenged. France’s IUT GMP Valenciennes claimed diesel top spot with 1,018.2 km/l.
Spain’s ECO-DIMONI won the battery-electric award with 747.2 km per kilowatt hour, while compatriots Equip UMH topped the alternative energy category with their ethanol car’s 1,555.9 km/l equivalent. Italy’s H2politO won the hydrogen class with a best attempt of 737.2 km per cubic metre.
Cars line-up of the start of the race of the very first Drivers' World Championships, as a head to head race against the 2016 UrbanConcept winners from North America, Asia and Europe to find the quickest and most energy-efficient driver
The Ylona 2, #701, a battery electric UrbanConcept racing for team ISEN Toulon / SCS from ISEN Toulon, Toulon, France, races on the track during Drivers' World Championships
The Datil'16, #5, a ethanol prototype racing for team Equip UMH from Unversitat Miguel Hernandez D'Elx, Elx, Spain on the track
A view of the venue during Make the Future London 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Shell Eco-marathon is not just about winning on the track -- teams are also recognised for their innovative technology, design and commitment to safety.
H2politO’s car scooped up the Prototype Design Award, while Norway’s UC Shell Eco team claimed the UrbanConcept design prize. Prometheus from Greece won the Technical Innovation Award with their car’s near-autonomous advanced driving control system.
Many teams had tales of perseverance to tell. But there was no doubt that Ukraine’s LSA Khadi AIS deserved the Perseverance and Spirit of the Event trophy. Some of the team were blighted by visa problems as they tried to make their way overland across Europe and those that did make it had to replace a broken part when they did finally arrive in London. But they still managed to pass technical inspection late on Saturday.
The unusually steep inclines of London’s 2.2-km track defeated some teams and prevented others from setting many records, but the good-natured rivalries were as alive as ever.
“The 2016 track has been particularly challenging for all teams,” Norman Koch, Global Technical Director for Shell Eco-marathon said. “We have seen an incredibly high standard of performance, as well as the determination and team spirit of champions.”
Make the Future Live is a four-day festival of ideas and innovation offering curious minds of all ages a glimpse into the global energy future, featuring live science shows and amazing inventions and cars of the future.
Meanwhile, in the Olympic Stadium, Shell Powering Progress Together forum brought together innovators, entrepreneurs, scientists and economists to debate ways to help the transition towards a lower-carbon society.