The 109 teams of students are set to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia, which is now on its fifth edition, and which comes to Manila for the first time. The event has previously been held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.
The new urban setting is designed to test the boundaries of fuel efficiency in a real-world environment. Success is not measured by speed but by the team that can drive farthest on one liter of fuel.
Set to compete are 15 teams from the Philippines’ top engineering schools, who will be racing alongside students from universities, colleges and technical institutes from 15 countries.
“We are very excited to be hosting the Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the Philippines. As you know, this will be the first time that the competition will be held in an urban circuit, giving students a chance to apply their technical knowledge to creating vehicles that can run in a real world setting,” said Shell Phils. Vice President for Communications Roberto Kanapi.
Teams will compete in the Prototype or Urban Concept categories. The Prototype category will see cars of the future—streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel-efficiency through innovative design elements such as drag reduction. The Urban Concept category will focus on roadworthy fuel-efficient vehicles aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers. These vehicles are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on the roads today.
A total of 71 Prototype and 38 Urban Concept vehicles have been entered for this year’s competition.
For both Prototype and Urban Concept categories, teams may enter vehicles using gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell.
The competition will be held on streets around Luneta Park and the Quirino Grandstand.