The penultimate day of Make the Future Singapore saw the UrbanConcept competition of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 come to an exciting close. Competing with highly innovative vehicles resembling modern cars, 123 teams from across the region battled it out to go the furthest on the least amount of energy. Team Sadewa from Indonesia and Team LH-EST from Vietnam took home top honours in the UrbanConcept competition, setting new records for their respective energy classes.  

Team Sadewa, which competed in the UrbanConcept competition (Internal Combustion Engine category), outstripped their previous year’s record by more than 100km/l, with a winning result of 375km/l. Team LH-EST from Lac Hong University, Vietnam, clinched the top spot in the UrbanConcept competition (Battery Electric category) with an all-time high winning result of 107.8km/kWh.

The top six teams from two of the UrbanConcept energy classes (internal combustion engine, battery electric) have qualified for the Drivers’ World Championship Asia heats, and will be entering a head-to-head race to be the fastest and most energy-efficient driver in the region. The teams are:

Internal Combustion Engine:

  1. Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia  
  2. ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia     
  3. GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM from Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia   
  4. Bengawan Team 2 from Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia  
  5. Cikal Ethanol from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia       
  6. DLSU Eco Car Team – I.C.E. from De La Salle University, Philippines   

Battery Electric:

  1. LH – EST from Lac Hong University, Vietnam      
  2. Dagisik UP from University of the Philippines – Diliman, Philippines   
  3. Nogogeni ITS Team 1 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia
  4. KOOKMIN RACING from Kookmin University, South Korea   
  5. EnduroKiwis from University of Canterbury, New Zealand      
  6. NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

“With each edition of Shell Eco-marathon Asia, we are encouraged by the quality of thinking displayed by the students, as well as their openness in embracing innovations and energy types,” said Norman Koch, General Manager for Shell Eco-marathon. “We congratulate the UrbanConcept teams who have set new mileage records this year – and look forward to seeing the top teams participate in the first-ever Drivers’ World Championship Asia tomorrow.”

This year saw the world’s first fully recyclable electric car take to the Shell Eco-marathon track at Changi Exhibition Centre. Students from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand produced an electric vehicle made entirely from thermoformed plastic sheets, including the chassis and the outer panels. “The ultimate goal is to show that we can make the most environmentally-friendly car and still be on top of the competition,” said Cam Thompson, 22, Team Manager of the EnduroKiwis.  “We want to show that there is a different way to do this and at the same time, start a conversation on being environmentally-friendly.” This is also the first time that Shell Eco-marathon Asia welcomes an entrant from New Zealand.

The last day of Make the Future Singapore 2017 and Shell Eco-marathon Asia tomorrow will see Prototype cars take part in the final leg of mileage competition, followed by the first-ever Drivers’ World Championship Asia. An awards ceremony will round up four days of intense competition, crowning the winners of the Drivers’ World Championship Asia, the on-track winners of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 as well as off-track winners of the following categories: Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety, and Perseverance & Spirit of the Event.

Off the track, crowds at the main stage were treated to energising musical performances, kicked off with a set by rising Asian star and Singaporean talent Nathan Hartono. Nathan’s performance was followed by international recording artiste Pixie Lott, an ambassador for the #MaketheFuture movement. Pixie delivered a performance with familiar and new tunes, including a rendition of ‘Best Day of my Life’ – the song and music video that marked the launch of Make the Future globally.

Pixie also had a chance to meet with Shell Eco-marathon student teams, including Team Eco Traveller from Singapore and Team Panthera from India. Team Panthera, an aspiring all-girls team, had defied convention and silenced naysayers who told them to send boys instead when they tried to purchase raw materials for their vehicle.  “We were very excited and encouraged to be given the opportunity to meet Pixie today,” said Team Panthera’s Kashika Tripathi, 20. “Participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia has helped prove to ourselves and others that machines and tools can equally belong in the hands of women. We hope to inspire more girls back home and from around the region to be bold in pursuing careers in science and engineering.”

For more information on Make the Future Singapore and to register for free tickets to the event, please visit www.shell.com.sg/makethefuturesg.

Urbanconcept category results

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)

Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type Best attempt (km/l)
1 Sadewa Indonesia Universitas Indonesia  Gasoline 374.9
2 ITS Team 2 Indonesia Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember  Diesel 335.8
3 GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM Indonesia Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta Gasoline 220.8
4 Bengawan Team 2 Indonesia Sebelas Maret University Diesel 213.5
5 Cikal Ethanol Indonesia Institut Teknologi Bandung Ethanol 197.9
6 DLSU Eco Car Team – I.C.E. Philippines De La Salle University  Gasoline 195.9

Battery Electric 

Rank Team name Country School Name

Best attempt

(km/kWh)

1 LH – EST Vietnam Lac Hong University 107.8
2 Dagisik UP Philippines University of the Philippines – Diliman 106.6
3 Nogogeni ITS Team 1 Indonesia Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember 100.1
4 KOOKMIN RACING South Korea Kookmin University 97.7
5 EnduroKiwis New Zealand University of Canterbury 95.3
6 NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car Singapore Nanyang Technological University 83.7

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About Make the Future Singapore

Make the Future Singapore is a festival of ideas and innovations for Asia that supports bright energy ideas and provides a platform for innovation, collaboration and conversation about the global energy challenge. It is a four-day event that will take place at Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore from March 16-19, 2017. Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will be able to explore what is happening now and see what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energy to natural gas and low-carbon technologies; learn about bright ideas from around Asia; and participate in interactive zones about the future of energy, mobility and innovation by Shell and other partners. For more information, please visit www.shell.com.sg/makethefuturesg.

About Shell Eco-marathon

Shell Eco-marathon is a unique, global competition that challenges students to push the boundaries of energy efficiency on the road. There are three Shell Eco-marathon competitions held throughout the year in Asia, America and Europe. The competition provides an arena for students to test vehicles they design and build themselves. It aims to inspire young people to become scientists and engineers of the future.

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, Shell Eco-marathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, the Shell Eco-marathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon Asia was held in Malaysia, up until 2013. The event was held in Manila, Philippines from 2014 to 2016 and moves to Singapore as part of the Make the Future festival for the first time in 2017.

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