MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines made it to the list of teams that passed all the rigorous tests for the Prototype category of the 2012 Shell Eco-Marathon.
Team Philippines raced down the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and became one of the only 82 successful teams in the category on Friday.
Team Ice of De La Salle University and their vehicle competing under the Prototype category leads Team Philippines in the scoreboard with a total of 255 kilometers logged for the equivalent of 1 liter of fuel.
“It was overwhelming, but it was also a great experience for all of us,” said team leader Juan Miguel Araneta.
The Prototype category invites students to enter futuristic concepts-streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel-efficiency through innovative design elements.
The annual event, created by Shell, encourages student teams to design, build and test vehicles that can go the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.
Shell Eco-Marathon also launches three new special off-track citations this year, namely Eco-Design, Best Team Spirit and Perseverance in the Face of Adversity, the winners of which will be announced by the end of Day Four along with on-track awards.