Shell Eco-Marathon challenges students around the world to design, build, test and drive ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 teams ready to go!
In celebration of its tenth year, Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia returns to its inaugural venue at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia to host the 2019 edition. SEM is a unique global programme for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) students to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then take them out on the track for competition.
As part of Make the Future Live, every year brings new stories of human endeavour and technical excellence as teams push the boundaries of what is possible through two key competition types:
The Mileage Challenge: competing to see who can get around laps of the track using the least amount of energy.
The Drivers’ World Championship: matching the proven energy-efficiency of their car, with the strategy, skill and speed of the driver to see who crosses the finish line first, without running out of their limited allocation of energy.
Singapore teams from various tertiary institutes have been participating in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia event since 2010. The 2019 edition saw six Singapore teams from four tertiary institutions designing and fielding cars that run solely on clean energy types like Hydrogen and Battery Electric.
Top accolades won by Singapore team’s hydrogen-powered cars
The teams continued their hydrogen-powered reign across both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories, amid strong competition from over 100 other regional teams.
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) topped the UrbanConcept hydrogen category, setting a Shell Eco-marathon Asia energy-efficiency record of 94km/ m3 with their Nanyang Venture X vehicle (NV X). Separately, Temasek Polytechnic (TP) team’s H2 Challenger vehicle topped the Prototype Hydrogen category, achieving a result of 403.3 km/ m3. Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s (NP) Dark Mirage came in second with a result of 122.5 km/ m3.
Nanyang Technology University (NTU) team celebrating their award for Drivers World Championship Qualifier with their hydrogen powered vehicle Venture X
Frontrunners of the Drivers World Championship Qualifier
The highlight of SEM was the Drivers World Championship (DWC) Qualifier, where the NTU team beat other top UrbanConcept cars in a breath-taking race to cross the finish line without running out of their limited allocation of energy. Driver of the NV X, Colin Loh, 22, a NTU Renaissance Engineering Programme student, was trailing the Indonesian car that was leading on the last lap of the DWC Asia qualifiers. At a crest of the slope on the track, Mr Loh noticed the car ahead slowing down. “I was following closely behind and found an opportunity to overtake,” said Mr Loh.
NV X also won the Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept) Award for their futuristic, lightweight, single seater vehicle design heavily inspired by the body and swept wings of the Green Dock Beetle.
NTU and the NV X will be representing Singapore in the Drivers’ World Championship to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK, on July 5, 2019. The champion stands to win a visit to Scuderia Ferrari's headquarters in Maranello, Italy.
Through SEM, Shell demonstrates our firm belief that the answers to tomorrow’s energy challenges lies in the power of people’s ingenuity. We will continue to inspire and equip future generations of problem-solvers, leaders and innovators in order to tackle the energy challenges that face us all. #makethefuture
Temasek Polytechnic defending their title from SEM 2018 with the H2 Challenger, their Hydrogen-powered vehicle
Nanyang Technology University (NTU) with their Battery Electric vehicle Nanyang Venture XI and Hydrogen-powered Nanyang Venture X
Ngee Ann Polytechnic team manager and driver, Justin Wong, getting ready for action in their brand new Hydrogen car, Dark Mirage
Ngee Ann Polytechnic poised for race with their Urban Concept Battery Electric car, Black Sirius
Republic Polytechnic team raring to go with their upgraded UrbanConcept RPersonic V1
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