This year’s Shell Eco Marathon Asia (SEMA) under the 2018 Make the Future Singapore festival brought together students, entrepreneurs, businesses, government and public to experience and contribute energy ideas that will hope to innovate the future of energy.
Known as one of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-Marathon is a global programme that challenges bright students’ minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, where they test them in competition. Here the highlight competition is the Mileage Challenge that brings together teams to compete to travel the furthest in the least amount of fuel. For example, last year, the winning team managed to travel 2,289 km on just one litre of fuel.
With the main categories of Prototype, UrbanConcept and Driver’ World Championship Asia, the best mileage record for the Internal Combustion Engine category went to Panjavidhyal from Panjavidhya Technological College in Thailand. Team HuaQi-EV from Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology China came in second, and Team TP Eco Flash from Temasek Polytechnic in Singapore took third place.
Although not in the top three, our Malaysian team Eco Voyager from University Malaysia placed third in the Prototype – Hydrogen category. The team succeeded in breaking their previous mileage record at 267 km/m3.
Yet the highlight of the event has to be given to Team Semar Urban UGM Indonesia from Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia as the first to cross the finish line with the least amount of fuel under the Drivers’ World Championship challenge.
The top three teams from the Asian regional final will face off against the UrbanConcept teams from the Americas and Europe that will be held in London UK, July this year. The overall winner will then earn a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the home of Scuderia Ferrari.
Select images are copyright of Shell and the Eco Marathon Asia programme.
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