Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen and students from Singapore’s Shell Eco-Marathon teams exchange ideas on innovation & fuel efficiency
Sep 15, 2016
The former Formula 1® World Champion and Singapore students discussed how modern-day track to road innovations like Shell V-Power Nitro+ and Shell Helix Ultra help to deliver power, performance and efficiency for the everyday consumer, and how bright energy ideas are powering future mobility.
Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen takes a drive in the Shell Eco-marathon UrbanConcept Car
Today, Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen and Singapore tertiary student participants of Shell Eco-marathon Asia engaged in an interactive dialogue about innovative, real-world driving solutions that deliver performance on the track with the right balance of power, performance and efficiency.
For example, Formula 1 provides the perfect test bed for Shell to develop its fuel and lubricant products, not just for the most successful team in the sport’s history, but for Shell customers around the world. Shell Eco-marathon is a unique competition which challenges students to design, build, drive and compete to create the world’s most energy efficient vehicles.
The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion said: “I‘m always impressed by how advanced Shell Eco-marathon student cars are and the passion the drivers and engineers show in building them. It was fun chatting to all the teams today and I wish them well for next year’s event in Singapore.”
FROM THE F1 TRACK TO OUR ROADS
In Formula 1, Kimi highlighted how innovation in Shell V-Power race fuel plays an important role in attaining this optimal balance. With today’s regulations mandating representative formulations with far greater efficiency, the discussion focused on the importance of maximising power alongside the need for fuel efficiency for optimal race performance.
The Shell V-Power race fuel Shell supplied to the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team contains at least 99% of the same types of compounds used in the Shell V-Power Nitro+ road fuel available to Shell’s customers around the world. In 2015, Shell V-Power race fuel and Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology race lubricant delivered an unparalleled 25% of total performance gain to the SF15-T Formula 1 power unit, giving almost half a second per lap, equating to an average of 30 seconds over a race distance.
CREATING CARS OF THE FUTURE
In turn, the three student teams from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) shared about technical innovations, drawing on their experience from participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in March 2016. Team Nanyang Venture 8 from NTU, talked about their 3-D printed car made from approximately 150 pieces and their experience at the Drivers’ World Championship 2016 held in London. They shared with Kimi their learnings and driving tips that allowed them to maximise their fuel efficiency.
Team Nanyang Venture IX, also from NTU, showcased to the Finn their award-winning battery fire suppression system, which utilises CO2 to prevent the battery from igniting as a result of overheating.
Team EcoTraveller from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) spoke about their car’s tear-drop outer shell, which when coupled with ceramic wheel bearings enables them to reduce road friction greatly. This is a car that can travel from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur on just 21 cents worth of electricity.
Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen shares advice with Shell Eco-marathon participant, Muhd Haikal, from the Institute of Technical Education Singapore
“Kimi provided us with a wealth of experience. We were so excited to be given an opportunity to present our car and our innovations to him. It was interesting to see how efficiency plays such an important role in two very different competitions: Formula 1 and Shell Eco-marathon,” said Muhammad Haikal Bin Mohd Azminsham from the Institute of Technical Education representing team EcoTraveller.
“It was a great privilege to be able to speak to a former Formula 1 World Champion and to exchange learnings from our experiences on the track,” said Ng Kok Choong from Nanyang Technological University representing team Nanyang Venture VIII. “We can definitely see some of his advice coming to life at the next Shell Eco-marathon. We wish him all the best in his upcoming race!”
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Shell aims to be the best fuels retailer in the world. Today, Shell has approximately 44,000 retail stations in more than 80 countries. Over 100 years of experience developing fuel technology and services make it one of the leading providers of innovative fuels.
About Shell V-Power Nitro+
Shell V-Power Nitro+ is designed to improve performance and act instantly in the car engine. The new and improved formulation contains 25% more friction reducer in its Friction Modifier Technology (FMT) when compared with the previous Shell V-Power. Developed and tested with Ferrari, Shell V-Power Nitro+ is designed to act instantly to reduce friction in critical engine areas, thereby helping the engine to deliver more power to the wheels. Its unique double action formula is also designed to actively clean and protect vital engine parts to restore the car's performance. It is this technology that has enabled Shell to help power Scuderia Ferrari to 10 FIA Formula One World Championship™ Constructors’ Titles and 12 Drivers’ Titles.
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 experiences and hands-on experiential zones, visitors will explore what is happening now and what the future of energy might look like, from renewable energies to natural gas or low-carbon technologies.
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.
The Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship is a competition for the world’s best UrbanConcept teams that will come together in the same location competing in an exciting race to see who the most energy-efficient driver is. The winning team will receive an internship with Shell’s Innovation partner, Ferrari.
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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