At least 57 student teams from 16 countries across Asia and the Middle East are preparing to hit the streets of Manila in February 2014 to compete in the fifth annual Shell Eco-marathon Asia.
The super-mileage competition will welcome a record number of participating teams this year, as it moves for the first time from the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur to Luneta Park at the heart of Manila.
Representing the Philippines are 13 teams from the country’s top engineering schools, namely: 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.
The teams began designing and building their energy-efficient vehicle since last year. Success is not measured by speed—it is measured by who can drive farthest on one gallon of fuel, and become the most fuel efficient team by thinking creatively about energy efficiency and putting new ideas into practice.
“As first time participants in the Shell Eco-Marathon, Team PUP Manila feels privileged, excited and proud to represent our campus and the Philippines in this prestigious competition,” said Sonny Aurellano, team manager of Polytechnic University of the Philippines.
“Through the competition, we are given a chance to showcase our solutions to the world’s growing transportation challenges. By developing fuel efficient vehicles, we hope to raise awareness on the current energy situation and inspire our fellow student to support smarter mobility for a brighter future,” said Team Driver Bryan Jacobo from the Technological Institute of the Philippines.
With the first urban track for Shell Eco-marathon Asia in Manila, participating students can experience first-hand the energy challenges faced by true urban environments.
“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, Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 will broaden to include two new events: the Shell Energy Lab and the Powering Progress Together Forum. Both will spark reflection on the world’s food, water and energy resource challenges; the Energy Lab through interactive games and exhibits for families, and the forum through discussion among delegates from government, business and civil society.
The Shell Eco-marathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. In 1985 in France, the Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born.