Teams from four leading universities in Indonesia, ITS, UI, ITB and UGM competed at the event, held at the Sepang F1 Circuit from July 8-10. The teams had been given a rousing send off by The President of the Republic of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who hosted the teams during the National Education Day celebration at the State Palace before they left for the competition.
They did not disappoint. Indonesian teams returned home with proud achievements including winning the first, second and third prize in the Urban Concept Combustion category, first prize in the Gasoline Fuel Award, first prize in the People’s Choice Award and finalists in the Auto-Desk Design award.
Darwin Silalahi, President Director and Country Chairman PT Shell Indonesia, said, “We are proud and elated that the student Indonesian teams were able to shine at such a competitive event at an international level. The record breaking fuel-efficiency in the Urban Concept Combustion category by Sapu Angin 2 from ITS is notably a remarkable achievement, as it their first experience in building a vehicle and to compete in SEM.”
The Sapu Angin 2 team from ITS achieved 237.6 kilometres per litre , to take home the first prize in the Urban Concept Combustion category, which breaks the record set at Shell Eco-marathon Americas this year (185.87 km/l). The Sapu Angin 2 team also took home the Urban Gasoline Fuel Award.
Meanwhile, Yellow Makara team and Zamrud Khatulistiwa Team from University Indonesia took home the second and third prize in the same Urban Concept Combustion category. They were amongst the 5 teams out of the 15 teams who met the rigorous technical inspections and safety standards in this category, enabling them to compete. From 81 teams and 10 countries across Asia that entered the SEM competition, only 53 passed this rigorous technical inspections and safety standards selection. All 9 Indonesia teams passed and were able to compete at the SEM Asia.
Other than the Shell Eco-marathon On Track Awards for Prototype and Urban Concept Vehicles, Off Track Awards were also given for Safety, Technical Innovation, Communications and Marketing. The off track awards complement the Shell Eco-marathon track awards because the competition is a total perspective. The Exia team from ITB took home the People’s Choice Award as the most popular team with more than 65.000 votes.
The Dazzling and Yellow Makara team from University of Indonesia were two of the five finalists for the Auto-Desk Design Award. This Design category recognises innovative design research in terms of ergonomics, aesthetics, choice of materials and technical feasibility. The originality and overall coherence of the design are also taken into account. The term “design” includes: vehicle structure, driving position, the engine, steering, suspension, braking, etc.
The kick-off of the event in Asia last Thursday made the Shell Eco-marathon a truly global event for the first time. It has been running in Europe since 1985 and the United States since 2007.The annual competition challenges students to design, build and drive a vehicle that can travel the furthest distance on the least amount of fuel.
Student teams participated in either the Prototype or Urban Concept categories. For the Prototype category, teams entered futuristic prototypes – streamlined vehicles focused on maximising fuel efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction.
For the Urban Concept category, teams entered more "roadworthy" fuel-efficient vehicles. Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the cars seen on roads today. For both categories, teams can use any conventionally available energy source – including fuels such as diesel, gasoline and liquid petroleum gas (LPG), as well as alternative fuels such as hydrogen, biomass and solar.
The next Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be held in Sepang F1 Circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, July 2011.