Team Philippines ready to race on the track

by Ann Charrize Cruz, Intern

Posted at May 18 2011 09:17 PM | Updated as of Jun 22 2011 06:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Shell Philippines introduced on Monday 7 teams of engineering students from 6 different universities that will compete in the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) in July 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The teams included are DLSU (De La Salle University), Grigio (Don Bosco Technical Institute), Symmetry (Technological Institute of the Philippines), UP (University of the Philippines), and 2011 UST Engineering eco-marathon team (University of Sto. Tomas).


Team Philippines makes a courtesy call on President Benigno Aquino III in Malacañang Palace and shows off their car entries. Photo courtesy of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp.

Mapua Institute of Technology has two teams entering the competition, Team Cardinals-Amihan and Team Cardinals-Habagat.

The seven teams took Shell's challenge to build and to drive a unique vehicle that can travel the longest distance with the least amount of fuel and the lowest carbon dioxide emission.

According to Pilipinas Shell, the blueprints of the teams' car designs will be entered in either of two categories: the Futuristic Prototype, for streamlined and aerodynamic designs, or the Urban Concept which focuses more on the practical four-wheeled designs.

“The Shell Eco-marathon is an annual platform that seeks to inspire innovation and environmental responsibility in today’s youth. 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,” said Roberto Kanapi, Vice President for Communications of Pilipinas Shell Petroleum.

DLSU’s team will enter the race with an energy-efficient electric vehicle.

TIP’s team will be racing with their gasoline-powered futuristic prototype.

The first team of Mapua, the team Amihan, will use a fuel-efficient prototype vehicle.

UST, on the other hand, will enter a prototype equipped with a fuel-efficient gasoline engine vehicle.

Don Bosco’s team built a cutting-edge vehicle that runs on gasoline.

UP's vehicle is a diesel hybrid equipped with a GPS system.

Team Habagat, the second team of Mapua, will be entering the Urban Concept category. Their gasoline-fueled vehicle will be equipped with an electronic fuel injection system.

This is the second year the Philippines is joining the competition.

Last year, three teams from Don Bosco, Mapua and UST entered the competition and took home two special off-track awards: 2nd place, Safety Award that was won by Mapua Institute of Technology, and an award for demonstrating safety compliance, which was won by the team from Don Bosco.

This year’s Team Philippines will be competing against over 100 countries all over Asia from July 6 to July 12, 2011 at the Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.