2018 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-track Awards
520 DTU Supermileage
Delhi Technological University, India
The team’s well-planned communication strategy took a data-driven approach that led to extensive publicity for the team and for Shell Eco-marathon Asia. Their creative use of social media influencers also helped simplify and drive home the competition and energy-efficiency message to the public. They also involved stakeholders like a Deputy Chief Minister as well as well-known female motorcycle racers to help amplify their messages.
Technical Innovation Award
University of Canterbury, New Zealand
3D printing of various vehicle parts has been around for a number of years, but this team has taken a holistic approach to designing and printing the complete engine in a way that is not only optimised for efficient production of the printed parts, but also for optimised engine fuel efficiency.
Vehicle Design (Prototype) Award
Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology, China
Team HuaQi-EV produced a slim, tightly-packaged and compact car. Its slender proportions and streamlined shape helped to put an attractive face to efficiency. The eye-catching car featured small wheels to reduce the frontal area of their car and keep its overall size and weight down. This “less is more” mentality was highly effective on the track and encouraged the students to focus on innovative ways to balance out competing needs such as vehicle strength, weight reduction and space requirements. The team’s body-on-frame design also helped to produce a relatively low-cost car.
Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept) Award
Team ZEAL ECO-POWER URBAN
Tongji University, China
The car featured clear focus on weight reduction, fuel efficiency through optimising the design for air resistance, friction, a simple and effective design for door hinges and closers, and the integration of systems. The team also showed effective use of tools for virtual design development. It was an excellent job of translating the design process into a well-made final product.
Team GARUDA UNY ECO TEAM
Universitas Negeri Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Safety was evidently ingrained in every member of the team – their behaviour and collaboration on track and in the paddocks reflected an integral approach encompassing workplace and environmental safety and safety of the car. The team went beyond conventional safety simulations and instead used physical experiments (e.g. using a hydraulic press) to test their design and modified the vehicle design and materials based on their test results.
Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award
National University of Sciences and Technology, Pakistan
When it became clear on Friday night that the team would not pass technical inspection on time, the team gave away their engine to a team who desperately needed one. They also gave away their tyres, battery and other vehicle parts to help about 20 other competing teams and shared their facilities and tools with others. This demonstrated the true spirit of the competition.
Most Innovative Hydrogen Newcomer
Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Singapore
The team managed to achieve optimum balance of technical quality despite the challenges associated with this energy source. The team also successfully drove train efficiency and aced concept innovation with the light-weight, aerodynamic body. The team walks away with a specially designed sculpture and US$1,200.
About Make the Future Singapore
Shell’s Make the Future Singapore, featuring Shell Eco-marathon Asia, returned to Singapore for a second year from March 8-11, 2018. As a festival of ideas and innovation for Asia, this event has the widest geographical reach, accounting for more than 60% of the world’s population. Headlining the event was the Shell Eco-marathon Asia, where futuristic and fuel-efficient cars built by over 120 student teams from around Asia Pacific and the Middle East competed to be the most energy-efficient.
Make the Future Festivals is Shell’s global platform for conversation, collaboration and innovation around the world’s energy challenges. With events hosted in countries around the globe, they aim to provide an opportunity for multiple stakeholders: including students, entrepreneurs, businesses, governments and the public, to experience, test and contribute bright energy ideas.
About Shell Eco-marathon
One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia includes two key competitions. The longest running competition is the Mileage Challenge where teams compete to travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. In 2017, the winning team of the Asian leg was efficient enough to travel 2,289 kilometres – the distance from Singapore to Chiang Mai, Thailand – on just one litre of fuel!
The second Shell Eco-marathon competition in Singapore is Drivers’ World Championship Asia. Introduced to the Shell Eco-marathon programme in 2016, Drivers’ World Championship challenges the best UrbanConcept teams to combine the proven energy efficiency of their car with the speed and skill of their driver, in a race to see who can cross the finish line first on the least amount of fuel.
Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders.
General Manager, External Relations, Shell Singapore
Senior Client Executive, Edelman Singapore