Stronger Team Philippines gears up for 2011 Shell Eco-marathon Asia

Seven cars, six colleges, one country
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Jun 6, 2011

Seven teams from six of the Philippines' top universities are now preparing for the 2011 Shell Eco-marathon Asia where they hope to complete the different tests in creating the regions most fuel-efficient car that emits the least carbon dioxide.

"The Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) is an annual platform that seeks to inspire innovation and environmental responsibility in today's youth," said Roberto Kanapi, Pilipinas Shell's vice president for communications. "Now on its second Asian leg, the SEM will once again encourage young, talented and creative Filipinos to take part in helping develop more sustainable and efficient energy sources, and bring pride to the country."

Last year's teams--Don Bosco Technical College of Mandaluyong, Mapua Institute of Technology and the University of Santo Tomas--will once again join the event as they hope to apply what they've learned from the 2010 race. Joining them with their respective cars will be teams from De La Salle University, Technological Institute of the Philippines-Manila (TIP) and the University of the Philippines.

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Though six schools will be taking part in the race, they will all represent the country under the Team Philippines' banner.

"We learned a lot from that very first meeting as the participants from last year shared their experiences with us, from what they learned from their entries to what they learned from the foreign teams," said TIP-Manila team leader Carlo Angelo Flores. "So we hope that we can do a good job right from the very start with our very first entry."

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Confident with its finish in the Prototype Class in the 2010 SEM where its entry finished in ninth place in a field of nearly 50 cars, Mapua has decided to enter a second car that will compete in the Urban Concept category. Mapua is the first Philippine university to enter two cars and two teams in the race.

All seven teams recently tested their cars at the Batangas Racing Circuit to find out if any modification needed to be done prior to having the vehicles shipped out by June 9.

Besides finishing in the top 10 of the Prototype Class last year, Mapua also took second place in the Safety Award while Don Bosco garnered a Special Recognition award for demonstrating safety compliance. Let's hope that for this year, one of the seven teams will bag its class' trophy.

The 2011 Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia from July 6 to 9.

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