Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014: 68 Prototype and 37 UrbanConcept entries
100+ cars spread across a wide variety took to the street circuit at Luneta Park in Manila on the 2nd competition day of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014. Built by students from across Asia and the Middle East, they were out there to new record and achieve the highest mileage on a litre of fuel.
In all, 83 cars passed technical inspection. Teams that cleared technical inspections were Team PLM Alpha 2, Brunei’s first all-girl team representing Pusat Latihan Mekanik in the Prototype Battery Electric category, and Team DSLU Eco- Car Team Electric from De La Salle University (DLSU) Philippines in the Urban Concept Electric category. While DLSU has participated in Shell Eco-marathon Asia since 2011 this is the first time they competed in the challenge on home ground, and the first time they had entries in the Urban Concept category.
“Shell Eco-marathon Asia presents a great opportunity to build our engineering skills and to represent our school. It is especially significant because we are competing in our home country this year,” said Melchor Aguirre, a student team representative from DLSU Philippines.
In 2012, the winning team Prototype category team set a record of 2,903 kilometres on a single litre of fuel. This year, 68 Prototype and 37 UrbanConcept entries participated in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in an urban race track. By using public roads these vehicles tested and faced new challenges on real road surfaces and tighter corners. Hydrogen (fuel cell), battery electric, gasoline, diesel, Shell Gas to Liquids (GTL), Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and Ethanol E100 fuel sources were used.
“As of this morning we’ve already seen more than two-thirds of the vehicles pass technical inspection. From what I can see, competition is intense this year and it looks like there will be a close battle for top position especially in the Prototype Gasoline category. I’m really impressed by how the teams have put forward yet another year of great entries, and the adaptations they have made for a street circuit this year. This competition is going to be interesting,” said Mr. Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon Technical Director.
There were 6 Off-Track awards for team’s creativity and technical skills, approach to safety, and sustainability. The Shell Helix Tribology Award is an off-track award that recognises student teams that demonstrate the use of lubrication engineering principles to improve the fuel efficiency result of their vehicles.