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Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015

The winning cars at the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon Asia, held from February 26 to March 1, put hybrid cars' mileage to shame. With Rizal Park as the urban track, this year's super-mileage competition was joined by 127 student teams from Africa, Asia Pacific and Middle East. And from these brilliant engineering groups, two Filipino teams bagged two on-track category wins.

A team from De La Salle University--DLSU Eco Car Team-I.C.E.--won the Urban Concept (gasoline) category, its car achieving a 126.6km/L mileage. Team UP from, um, the University of the Philippines grabbed top honors in the Urban Concept (hydrogen fuel cell) category, with its car submitting 40.5km/kWh.

For some Filipino teams, on the other hand, the technical inspection was more critical than the track competition itself. Of the 127 cars, only 112 made the grade. First-timers DLSU-D Stallions were thrilled when their prototype gasoline car passed the technical inspection.

"It took us two days to fix the fuel system and the steering, so we are emotional," Jan Ian Karlo Peralba of the DLSU-D Stallions was quoted as saying in Shell's press statement.

This year's Shell Eco-Marathon Asia also saw new fuel-mileage records being set in five categories:

* 1,245km/L for Prototype (diesel) by Clean Diesel Team of Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute (Japan);

* 451km/kWh for Prototype (battery electric) by Team NSTRU Eco-Racing of Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University (Thailand);

* 315km/m3 for Prototype (hydrogen fuel cell) by Team UiTM Eco-Sprint of Universiti Teknologi Mara Shah Alam (Malaysia);

* 153km/L for Urban Concept (diesel) by ITS Team 2 of Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia); and

* 164km/L for Urban Concept (alternative fuel; ethanol) by Team LH-Gold Energy of Lac Hong University (Vietnam).

Thailand emerged the overall winner for grabbing three of the 10 on-track awards. Aside from the on-track awards, six off-track awards were also handed out to outstanding teams. One of the recipients was Technological Institute of the Philippines' TIP Mileage Proto team, which received the Shell Helix Tribology special award.

Here is the complete list of the on-track winners at the 2015 Shell Eco-Marathon Asia. Congratulations, guys!

Team School Country Category Fuel type Best attempt
ATE.1 Kong Thabbok Upatham Changkol Kho So Tho Bo School Thailand Prototype Gasoline 1,490.2km/L
Clean Diesel Team Hyogo Prefectural Tajima Technical Institute Japan Diesel 1,245.2km/L
Virgin Sakonnakhon Technical College Thailand Alternative fuel (ethanol) 1,572.0km/L
NSTRU Eco-Racing Nakhon Si Thammarat Rajabhat University Thailand Battery electric 451.3km/kWh
UiTM Eco-Sprint Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia Hydrogen 315.6km/m3
DLSU Eco Car Team - I.C.E. De La Salle University Philippines Urban Concept Gasoline 126.6km/L
ITS Team 2 Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember Indonesia Diesel 152.7km/L
LH - GOLD ENERGY Lac Hong University Vietnam Alternative fuel (ethanol) 164.4km/L
Team UP University of the Philippines (Diliman) Philippines Battery electric 40.5km/kWh
UiTM Eco planet Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam Malaysia Hydrogen 105.8km/m3

 

Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015

Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015

Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2015

Tracy Carpena
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Tracy belongs to a family who loves wheels. Take it literally. The clan digs cars, bicycles and yes, even strollers.
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