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:
- Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia, Indonesia
- ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia
- GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM from Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Bengawan Team 2 from Sebelas Maret University, Indonesia
- Cikal Ethanol from Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
- DLSU Eco Car Team – I.C.E. from De La Salle University, Philippines
- LH – EST from Lac Hong University, Vietnam
- Dagisik UP from University of the Philippines – Diliman, Philippines
- Nogogeni ITS Team 1 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia
- KOOKMIN RACING from Kookmin University, South Korea
- EnduroKiwis from University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- 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.