SET to have a record number of participants—157 teams from 16 countries across Asia and the Middle East—the fifth edition of the annual Shell Eco-Marathon Asia will be held at the Luneta Park instead of the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, the traditional venue of the event.
The “hyper-miling” driving competition designed for college students is scheduled on February 2014. The event’s 2013 edition saw its final competition canceled because of the haze that covered Singapore and parts of Malaysia in mid-June, the result of massive forest fires in Indonesia.
Participating teams had began designing and building their energy-efficient vehicles since last year. The competition, which determines which team can drive the farthest on one gallon of fuel, encourages students to think creatively regarding energy efficiency and to put new ideas into practice.
Shell said that the Luneta venue—the first such setting for Shell Eco-marathon Asia—will let participants experience the energy challenges in urban environments and demonstrate how new technology can work in cities.
To represent the Philippines are 17 teams from Adamson University, De La Salle Dasmariñas, De La Salle University, Don Bosco Technical College, Mapua Institute of Technology, Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Manila, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City, University of San Carlos and University of Santo Tomas.
“Hosting Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the city of Manila will provide an all-new setting for students across the Asia Pacific region to stretch the boundaries of fuel efficiency,” said Roberto Kanapi, vice president for communications at Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. “We at Shell are committed to working with the next generation to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way. Time and again we are astounded by students’ innovation and creativity.”