Asia’s most fuel-efficient vehicles designed and created by students began competing in this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 in Manila. Manila Mayor and former Philippine President Joseph Estrada commenced the annual competition, which challenges the region’s young budding engineers to build vehicles of the future that can go the farthest on the least amount of energy.
In its fifth year, the competition takes place on a new street circuit in Luneta Park in the heart of Manila, having moved from the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
“It is fascinating to see year on year just what can be achieved here at Shell Eco-marathon Asia and what a significant contribution students can make,” said Shell’s Chief Financial Officer Simon Henry, as he led the flag-off ceremony earlier today. “I hope the participating students will learn a great deal from this experience and from each other, take these ideas back and help create a different future.”
Gracing the event were Manila City Mayor and former Philippine President Joseph Estrada and Philippine Secretary of Tourism Ramon Jimenez who encouraged the students in their quest to find mobility solutions to today’s growing energy challenges.
“What the students have built and are driving at Shell Eco-marathon Asia are the most powerful automobiles in the world. There is truly no machine more powerful than one that will bring us into the future,” said Mr. Jimenez.
A total of 105 student teams from 15 countries all across Asia and the Middle East are competing at Shell Eco-marathon Asia until February 9, when the final results will be tabulated and announced at the closing awards ceremony at Manila Hotel.
Student teams participated in either the Prototype or UrbanConcept vehicle categories of the competition and in any of the following energy types: gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline (ethanol 100), alternative diesel (Shell Gas-to-Liquid or fatty acid methyl ester), battery electric and hydrogen fuel cell.
Shell Energy Lab launched
Visitors at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia also witnessed the opening of the Shell Energy Lab, a captivating and educational adventure that explores the future of energy, technology and mobility. The first of its kind in Asia, the Shell Energy Lab features a number of interactive displays and activities that spark reflection on the growing stresses on the world’s resources. Guests of all ages were treated to a variety of activities such as the Kinetic Energy Dance Floor and Mini Shell Eco-marathon competition.
To commemorate Shell’s 100 years in the Philippines, the Shell Energy Lab also takes visitors to a journey of Shell’s history in the country – starting from a small trading office in Manila to a major refinery and exploration hub.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2014 is held in partnership with the Philippine Government: Department of Tourism and the City of Manila. Its Global Partners include HP (Official Global Information Technology (IT) Partner), Michelin (Official Global Paddock Partner and Tyre Supplier), The Linde Group (Official Global Paddock Partner) and Southwest Research Institute (Official Global Paddock Partner). Local private sector partners are Unilever Philippines, Solane, Coca-Cola, Globe, Lego and Hyundai.
For more information on all Shell Eco-marathon events across the globe, including official rules, instructions for registration and details on prizes, please visit the Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon.
Full list of teams by country:
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