Don Bosco makes economical Shell Eco-marathon car

by Ma. Rosanna Mina,

Posted at Jul 07 2010 02:09 PM | Updated as of Jul 07 2010 10:09 PM

MANILA, Philippines – While the University of Santo Tomas (UST) is relying on the electronic fuel injection system and the Mapua Institute of Technology is banking on its reliability, the Don Bosco Technical College will field the most cost-effective entry in the inaugural Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia this week.

This was claimed by Don Bosco godfather Nards Ablaza, who estimated that the costing is probably P60,000.

If the shipping costs for the vehicle are added, the total costing would be around P100,000.

Ablaza, a former Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC) Health, Safety Security and Environment Manager, said the Don Bosco mechanical engineering students were resourceful and made use of locally available materials.

“Don Bosco is a very good go-getter,” added the former PSPC manager, who volunteered to guide and support the students of his alma mater.

Ablaza also shared with that Don Bosco, which goes by the name Team Grigio, built 2 cars. The second one had an improved transmission.

The SEM, which begins on Thursday and ends on Saturday, is a different kind of race as it will declare as champion the vehicle that  travels the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.

Don Bosco, UST and Mapua will field their cars on the Sepang International Circuit race track against other Asian schools.

Around 90 student teams made the final cut for the first-ever SEM in Asia. – Report by Ma. Rosanna Mina,