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THAILAND SWEEPS AWARDS AT SHELL ECO-MARATHON ASIA
Student vehicles improve mileage performance despite a more challenging street circuit
Thailand has emerged major victors at Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia 2014 with three champion titles. Team How Much Ethanol from Panjavidhya Technological CollegeThailand drove 2,730km on a litre of ethanol – the highest mileage recorded at this year’s competition and the equivalent distance from Manila to Jakarta. The team is joined by fellow Thai winners SakonNakhonTechnicalCollege in the Prototype Gasoline category and RattanakosinTechnologicalCollege in the Prototype Battery Electric category. Since Shell Eco-marathon Asia started in 2010, Thai teams have been dominating the leader-boards with their winning ultra-efficient vehicles.
“Our winning formula was to focus 97% of our efforts on designing the car and 3% on the engine. Our car was custom-designed around our designated driver for optimal performance and we built the engine to maximise the capacity of our car,” said ChumpholSitthios, team manager for PanjavidhyaTechnologicalCollege. “We also practiced on a Thailand circuit which has a similar layout to LunetaPark.”
Mr. Asada Harinsuit, Country Chairman, The Shell Company of Thailand Limited, added: “We are really very happy and proud that once again a Thai team has won here at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Their innovations and skills have made them #1 for the fourth year in a row, and their extraordinary abilities will certainly continue to inspire the next generation of engineers to meet our future energy needs”.
Improved Mileage Performance in Five Categories
Student participants of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 overcame the challenges of a new urban circuit to clock improved mileage results in five out of 12 categories, compared to the previous edition. New best scores were recorded for Prototype Diesel by China’s Tongji University at 616.2km/l, Prototype Gasoline by SakonNakhon Technical College at 1,796.0km/l, Urban Concept Gasoline by Universitas Indonesia at 301.7km/l, Urban Concept Battery Electric by Institute of Technical Education Singapore at 126.3km/l and Urban Concept Diesel by Indonesia’s PoliteknikNegeri Pontianak at 70.3km/l.
This is the first year Shell Eco-marathon Asia takes place on the streets of LunetaPark in Manila, having previously been held at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur. The new urban setting is designed to test the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real world environment.
“A street circuit certainly presents more difficulty as vehicles tend to consume more energy while navigating urban roads. The fact that teams are still making marked improvements on their scores and clocking new personal bests is extremely impressive,” said Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director. This year’s winners bested 105 student teams from 15 countries across Asia and the Middle East. Teams submitted vehicle entries in either the Urban Concept 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 or 1 litre of fuel.
Closing the event, Edgar Chua, Shell companies in the Philippines Country Chairman said: “In the Philippines we have a saying ‘the youth are our hope for the future.’ When I look at all the young, budding students and what they have achieved at Shell Eco-marathon Asia, I too am inspired myself. I hope they have had a great experience – in learning new skills, absorbing new cultures and making new friends.”
Six Off-Track Awards Presented to Outstanding Student Teams
In addition to the 12 On-Track awards, teams also competed for six Off-Track Awards that tested the team’s various technical and creative skills, as well as their approach to safety and sustainability. A panel of experts from various fields judged the students on a variety of categories that covered Safety, Communications, Technical Innovation, Vehicle Design, Perseverance and Spirit of the Event and the Shell Helix Tribology Award. The Shell Helix Tribology Award is an off-track award that recognises student teams that demonstrate the use of lubrication engineering principles to improve the fuel efficiency result of their vehicles.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia also welcomed thousands of visitors to Asia’s first ever Shell Energy Lab – a spectacular experience for people of all ages showcasing the future of energy, technology and mobility.
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