PH wins 2 off-track awards in Shell Eco-marathon


Posted at Jul 10 2012 07:22 PM | Updated as of Jul 11 2012 03:22 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Team Philippines bagged two special off-track awards in the Asian leg of the Shell Eco-marathon held at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Taking home the Technical Innovation Award for Team Philippines is De La Salle University’s (DLSU) Team Proto.

With their DLSU’s car’s innovative battery management system and cruise control function, judge Lee Grant said “they had the most advanced telemetry system I have seen at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia.”

The Best Team Spirit Award went to Team Mileage of the Technological Institute of the Philippines (TIP), who stood out with their collaborative spirit, positive dynamics and highly enthusiastic attitudes.

Both teams will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each.

The four-day competition, which ended over the weekend, encourages young engineers to design, build and test vehicles that can go the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel.

For the Prototype category of the competition, Team Philippines’ DLSU-Team Proto set a record of 270 kilometers traveled with their Electric battery-type vehicle, ranking seventh for battery-electric types.

Under the Diesel type, TIP’s Team Mileage logged in 164 kilometers, and for the Gasoline type, DLSU’s Team Ice ranked eighth in 20 with 255 kilometers.

For the Urban Concept category Team UP came in at third place for the Battery-electric type with 73 kilometers. All vehicles were tested to run the furthest on an equivalent of one liter of fuel.

Claiming victory for the Prototype category once again with a record of 2,903 kilometers was Thailand’s Team Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa of Dhurakij Pudbit University.

Team Cikal Cakrasvarna from Indonesia won the Urban Concept category with the highest mileage, running a total of 196.3 kilometers.