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Filipino Students Well-Represented at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia

Eleven student teams from different universities in the Philippines participated in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 (SEMA) wherein the University of the Philippines (UP) Dagsik secured the 8th spot in the UrbanConcept Mileage Challenge.

Filipino Students Well-Represented at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia
Filipino Students Well-Represented at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia

A decade after its first competition for the said category, SEMA came back at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia where it exactly commenced the Urban Concept Mileage Challenge 10 years ago. SEMA, the world’s longest-running student mileage competition is composed of a series of challenges intended to entice youngsters to design, build, and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles.

This year a total of 55 UrbanConcept student teams from the region were on track, pitting their innovative vehicles against each other in sub-categories spanning internal combustion engine, battery electric power, and hydrogen fuel cell.

Apart from UP-Dagsik, other teams that represented the Philippines at SEMA include teams from De La Salle University (DLSU) Stallions Hiraya from DLSU-DasmariƱas, Eco Car Team - Battery Electric from DLSU-Manila, Eco Team-I.C.E from DLSU-Manila, National University Prime Sprinter, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila Agsikapin, Polytechnic University of the Philippines Hygears, ATLAS Valor from  University of Perpetual Help System - Dalta, Eco-Tigers from the University of Sto. Tomas, Alamat from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and UMindanao Wildcats from the University of Mindanao.

Hailed as the top awardees for the 2019 SEMA are students teams from Indonesia, Vietnam, and Singapore which also made it to the Drivers’ World Championship Qualifier, paving the way for the said teams to compete on May 2 in a race that will determine who will cross the finish line first without running out of their limited allocation of energy.

 “The UrbanConcept cars seem largely more reliable than in previous years. We already have quite a number of valid runs than ever before. They seem, over all, more reliable and I think being on a professional race track with ample space, big turns for overtaking helped the students to achieve better results” explained Norman Koch, Global General Manager, Make the Future Live and Shell Eco Marathon.

For more information on Make Future Live Malaysia and Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019, please visit: www.shell.my/makethefuture.

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