Team Eco Voyager from Universiti Malaya managed a third placing in the Prototype – Hydrogen category in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 which was held in Singapore in early March. Eco Voyager also broke their previous mileage record by achieving 267 km/m3. In comparison, the category champion, TP Eco Flash from Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore, achieved 404 km/m3.
Team Eco Voyager was one of seven teams representing Malaysia in the marathon at Make the Future Singapore, Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation on energy and mobility for Asia. The other teams came from Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Teknologi Mara, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman, Multimedia University Melaka, and two teams from Monash University Malaysia. About 120 teams from across Asia Pacific and the Middle East took part.
“The Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) the headline act for Make the Future is very much in line with our government’s Transformasi Negara 50 vision(TN50) to be amongst the top countries in the world in terms of economic development and to drive future innovation is key. Therefore, avenues to encourage our youths in the areas of science, technology, engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are crucial. SEMA serves as one such platform for our Malaysian bright and future talents to discover ways of bringing their ideas to life by challenging their young minds to innovate.” explained Nimmi Kamal, Country Head, External Relations, Shell Malaysia.
“It presents a great opportunity for the participating students to develop holistic skills which paces equal emphasis on the technical and non-technical aspects that go beyond their classroom learning. Students are growing their abilities to lead, to creatively bring ideas and solutions together as well as to manage and strategise their approach from start to finish. The whole process that the students go through is an invaluable experience that will stay with them and even give them that added advantage when starting their careers.” added Nimmi.
“It takes hours of hard work, perseverance and skill to achieve what some of our Malaysian teams have. Congratulations to team Eco Voyager and for the other teams, take this experience, learn from it and we hope to see all of you again next year.” concluded Nimmi.
Here are the winners of the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 by category:
Indonesia dominated the podium in the drivers’ championship, as the top three teams to cross the finish line on the least amount of fuel. Winning driver Tito Setyadi, 20, who raced in a gasoline-powered car, said: “I can’t believe it – all the months of hard work have finally paid off. We racked our brains to come up with something that would balance speed and energy efficiency like an average car driver and are very glad we accomplished this.“
Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon General Manager, said: “The Drivers’ World Championship demands the best in automotive technology and innovation to push the boundaries of energy efficiency. Sharp skills and a sound strategy in handling the vehicle and managing fuel efficiency are imperative in helping the team cross the finish line first. We saw amazing action and excitement today and my congratulations goes to all the teams.”
The top three teams from the Asian regional final will get to race against the best UrbanConcept teams from Europe and the Americas in the Grand Final at Make the Future Live in London, UK on 8 July 2018. The overall winner will earn a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the home of Scuderia Ferrari.