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24 July 2012

DLSU and TIP take honors at 2012 Shell Eco-marathon Asia

In 2011, team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa of Dhurakij Pubdit University Thailand set a new record at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia by traveling 2,213.4 km on one liter of fuel - beating the previous year's record by almost 700 kms. It was a feat no one thought was beatable. But a year later, the team from Thailand returned to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and proved that they can go further. 
Equivalent of driving from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi in just one liter of fuel, team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa beat their 2011 record by a further 689.6 kms at the Shell Eco-marathon 2012 with a mileage of 2,903 km/l. Meanwhile, Proto from the De La Salle University - Manila (DLSU - M) and TIP Mileage from the Technological Institute of the Philippines (IP) also took home awards for the country. 
Going the Distance
119 student teams from 18 countries from across Asia and the Middle East stepped up to the challenge of Shell Eco-marathon Asia last July 4 to 7, 2012, building and testing fuel-efficient vehicles that could travel the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. And winning for the second consecutive year, Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa from Thailand achieved this year's highest mileage, competing in the Prototype category and running on Ethanol E100.
“The team is really excited - we were targeting to improve on our performance but have exceeded even our own expectations,” said Dr. Narongdech Keeratipranon, Advisor to Team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa. “We made several modifications this year including a new engine, bearings and tyres, improving our air-fuel ratio and employing a new driving strategy. The pressure is on to perform even better next year, and we are aiming to participate in new categories.”
In the UrbanConcept category, team Cikal Cakrasvarna from Indonesia achieved the highest mileage of 196.3 km/l, running on gasoline. 
Teams can join in one or both of the “Prototype” and “UrbanConcept” categories. Streamlined futuristic prototypes enter the “Prototype” category - focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. The “UrbanConcept” class, on the other hand, focuses on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles - aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers and look more like road-going vehicles. In addition to meeting specific height, width, length, and weight criteria, UrbanConcept vehicles must be capable of driving in wet weather conditions. 
For both categories, teams had to use either Internal Combustion Engines that run on either diesel, gasoline, ethanol, fatty acid methyl ester (FAME), or Shell Gas to Liquids; or e-mobility energy sources including solar, fuel cells, and battery electric technologies.  
Special Recognition
Besides the two main categories, teams also competed for Off-Track Awards on Safety, Technical Innovation, Design, and Communications. In this year’s competition, new awards were given for Eco-Design, Best Team Spirit, and Perseverance in the Face of Adversity. Teams winning Off-Track Awards will receive US$1,000 each. 
Eco-Design | Presented to team USM-EVT from University Sains Malaysia for their unique UrbanConcept vehicle made of wood. The biodegradable and modular design went beyond reducing fuel consumption and emissions constructed with eco-friendly materials.
Best Team Spirit | Presented to team TIP Mileage from the Technological Institute of the Philippines who stood out with their collaborative spirit, positive dynamics, and highly energized attitudes.

Perseverance in the Face of Adversity | Presented to team PLM Alpha3 of Pusat Latihan Mekanik, Brunei Darussalam for the team’s strength of will and determination to put together a valid entry with limited resources and funding. By collecting scrap metal and unwanted items for sale to raise funds, the team was able to complete their vehicle for entry into the competition.
Design | Presented to the SOLOMON Fuel Cell Vehicle team from the National Kaohsiung University of Applied Sciences, Chinese Taipei based on a set of criteria comprising originality, aesthetics, exterior, and interior finishing as well as new technologies applied. The team’s Star Wars-inspired “Jedi Knight” design stood out for its superior finishing featuring the team’s own logo and branding, ergonomic interior to maximize the driver’s performance as well as touch-screen technology within the vehicle. 

Safety | In the Prototype category, the “Safety Award” was presented to the Nanyang Technological University’s Diesel Car Racing Team from Singapore who used advanced technological solutions to meet and exceed safety requirements. 
Communications | Awarded to Beijing Technological University’s BIT QAT I for taking communications beyond fund-raising for the team. The team’s efforts to raise public awareness on clean energy and reducing carbon emissions with public exhibitions at museums and talks at local schools helped them stand out and walk away with the ”Communications Award” prize.

Technical Innovation | Presented to the DLSU Eco-marathon Team - Proto from Philippines’ De La Salle University. The team impressed judges with an innovative battery management system and smart cruise control function to electronically ensure the best fuel efficiency possible. Judge Lee Grant from the Southwest Research Institute said “They had the most advanced telemetry system I have seen at Shell Eco-marathon Asia.” 
For more information on all 2012 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