Pinoy teams win awards at Shell Eco-marathon

Posted at 07/15/11 9:51 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Teams from the University of the Philippines (UP) and the Mapua Institute of Technology won awards at the recently concluded Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2011 held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

UP's Team UP bagged the Diesel Fuel Award for "Kidlat", their entry in the UrbanConcept category. "Kidlat" runs on a hybrid diesel engine, and gave an efficiency performance of 60 km/hr of fuel, which is the same distance from Manila to Calamba in Laguna.

 Team UP won the Diesel Fuel Award. Photo courtesy of Shell

Mapua's Team Amihan, meanwhile, placed 2nd in the Safety Award, which recognizes teams with exemplary safety compliance during the contest.

 Team Amihan of Mapua Institute of Technology. Photo courtesy of Mapua Institute of Technology

The team came after Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (1st), and Institute of Technical Innovation (3rd) in the Safety Award.

“This is truly a great achievement for the Philippine teams. They have demonstrated at Shell Eco-marathon that the Filipino youth are at par with their Asian counterparts, and that they are actively taking part in finding solutions to the world’s growing energy challenges,” said Roberto Kanapi, Vice President for Communications of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation.

The Shell Eco-marathon Asia annually gathers students from the region to rise up to the challenge of designing and building a vehicle that can go the farthest distance with the least amount of energy.

Seven teams from the Philippines representing top engineering schools in the country joined this year's challenge. Aside from Mapua (with 2 teams) and UP, other Filipino schools represented are De La Salle University, Don Bosco Technical College, Technological Institute of the Philippines, and University of Santo Tomas.

A total of 93 teams from 12 Asian countries participated in this year's Shell Eco-marathon Asia. They joined either the Prototype (futuristic vehicles) or UrbanConcept (roadworthy fuel-efficient vehicles) categories.

Both winning Filipino teams are grateful for having had the chance to bring honor to the country.

“We thank every team for all their help--the tips and advice, even to the point of lending us tools and parts just so our cars could run,” said Cyril Radovan, leader of Team Amihan.

The same is echoed by Team UP leader Tito Eusebio, who said: “We are thankful for this experience, which is a good start for us to interact and work together with the country’s best engineering schools. In this competition, we no longer come as representatives of our individual schools, but as one Team Philippines.”

Vincent Cosgrove, Shell’s Vice President Communications for Asia Pacific, lauded the Filipino students, saying, "I can see that the Philippines is taking more and more prizes. It’s a tough competition but I can see you have amazing talents and that’s what Shell Eco-marathon is all about. It’s about bringing together your talents and your innovation to take us forward and to create new possibilities. I look forward to seeing you doing bigger and better things next year.”

The Thai team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa won the Prototype Category, logging 2,213.4 kilometers on a liter of ethanol.

Indonesia's Team Mesin ITS4, meanwhile, bagged the best efficiency performance in the UrbanConcept Category with a distance of 149.8 km/liter.

Shell announced that the next Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur on July 4 to 7, 2012.