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.

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.

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