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 took home top honours with a record of 375km/l, setting new records for the UrbanConcept category in Asia.

“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.”

A total of five Singapore student teams took part in the UrbanConcept Category today, with four out of five teams – Team SUTD EV Club from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD), Team NUS ELECTRIC ECO CAR from the National University of Singapore (NUS), Team Hotshot from Ngee Ann Polytechnic, and Team ElectroLiTE from Institute of Technical Education – participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia for the first time this year.

Team manager Fu Shenluo of Team SUTD EV Club, SUTD’s pioneer team participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia, said: “We had to build our car from scratch without any prior knowledge, experience or resources, unlike some of the other teams whose schools have previously participated in the competition. We had to re-work our vehicle through trial and error, but we are very proud of how the car turned out eventually. Being able to qualify for the on-track race is already an achievement, and we aim to come back stronger in future editions of Shell Eco-marathon Asia.”

Team NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car, participating in this competition for the eighth time, clocked sixth place in the UrbanConcept Battery Electric category with an improved mileage of 84 km/kWh this year from 77 km/kWh in 2016.

“Given that we are almost a completely fresh team, we felt the pressure to do well in this competition. It has been a tough fight – although we received guidance from past NTU students participating in Shell Eco-marathon Asia, we still faced some unexpected challenges along the way that tested our problem-solving skills. The competition is certainly not easy but we are determined to do our best and will bring the same team spirit to the Drivers’ World Championship Asia tomorrow,” said Richmond Ten, team manager of Team NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car.

The Drivers’ World Championship Asia will see 11 other teams compete in a head-to-head race to be the fastest and most energy-efficient driver in the region. The teams are:

  • Team Sadewa; Indonesia
  • ITS Team 2; Indonesia
  • GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM; Indonesia
  • Bengawan Team 2; Indonesia
  • Team Cikal Ethanol; Indonesia
  • DLSU Eco Car Team – I.C.E; Philippines
  • Team LH – EST; Vietnam
  • Team Dagisik UP; Philippines
  • Nogogeni ITS Team 1; Indonesia
  • Team KOOKMIN RACING; South Korea
  • Team EnduroKiwis; New Zealand

Mr. Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, who was present at the festival, commented: “With climate change being a key concern in Singapore, events like Shell's Make the Future Singapore provide us with real and innovative examples of how we can continue to meet our growing energy demand in a carbon constrained world. Every Singaporean can and must play a part in our fight against global climate change and this festival offers a great and exciting opportunity for everyone to experience these solutions firsthand. On this note, I am truly heartened to see students being engaged and collaborative in this effort to build a more sustainable world.”


The last day of Make the Future Singapore 2017 and Shell Eco-marathon Asia will see the remaining four Singapore teams taking part in the final leg of the mileage competition in the Prototype category. 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.

Urbanconcept Category Results

Internal Combustion Engine (ICE)
Rank Team name Country School Name Fuel type

Best attempt


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


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

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