PH engineering students prepare to take on racetrack using least amount of fuel

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PILIPINAS Shell last week presented the country’s contingent to this year’s Asian leg of the Shell Eco-marathon that’s slated from July 4 to 7 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

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The Shell Eco-marathon Asia is one of the regional precursors to the global Eco-marathon event—an annual competition developed by Shell to encourage young student engineers around the world to design, build and test energy-efficient vehicles.

During the team presentation at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, Shell NGO and Stakeholder Relations Manager for Communications Suiee Suarez said that 10 teams will be joining this year’s competition. Participants will come from Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Santo Tomas, Don Bosco Technical College, De La Salle University-Manila (DLSU), Technological Institute of the Philippines-Quezon City and Manila (TIP), University of San Carlos and Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila.

According to him, the event is meant to “plant seeds” that would drive the future engineers to contribute to smarter mobility.

“The Shell Eco-marathon promotes the use of technology and innovation in the space of mobility,” Suarez told The Manila Times, noting that the record for Asia is a car from Thailand which covered more than 2,700 kilometers on a liter of ethanol.

Mapua—who gave positive results during the early editions of the annual event—is expected to lead the chances for the Philippine contingent to achieve record-breaking success this year. The team is also setting a fuel consumption target of at least 1,000 kilometers per liter.

Its entries this year are “Agila” for the prototype class and “Haribon” for the urban concept class, which now have improved designs and extremely light materials.

Meanwhile, DLSU and TIP are also eyed to bag more awards this year.

DLSU, whose 2012 entry called “Proto” won the Technical Innovation Award, was recognized for its advanced telemetry system, innovative battery management system, and smart cruise-control function—all of which ensured the best energy efficiency possible. TIP won the Best in Team Spirit Award for its car dubbed “Mileage,” as the team exhibited collaborative effort, positive team dynamics, and highly enthusiastic attitudes.

The Shell Eco-marathon categorizes entries in the prototype and urban concept categories, where a variety of energy sources such as gasoline, diesel, bio-fuels, gas to liquids, electric battery and many other innovative methods in smarter mobility can be used. Participants are made to showcase their knowledge and skills in computer-aided vehicle and engine design, electronics, mechanical construction and driving, as they aim to provide positive contributions toward safe and fuel-efficient land transportation.

Some 1,500 students from 18 Asian countries are expected to participate in this year’s event.

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