Royal Dutch Shell CEO Peter Voser Praises Cikal ITB in SEM Asia 2011
Jul 08, 2011
CEO of Royal Dutch Shell Peter Voser visits the Cikal Nusantara team from Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) at the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) Asia 2011 at Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia and praised the team's vehicle design called "Cikal" which he called good and resembles the current existing vehicle in urban areas.
Voser walked through several of the SEM cars after flagging-off cars representing 12 participating countries, which were lined up to do a parade around the circuit. During a brief visit to the the Cikal Nusantara team, Voser was accompanied by Datuk Fadillah Yusof, Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation of Malaysia and the Asia 2011 SEM Technical Manager Colin Chin. Voser praised Cikal for its excellent design which resembles the current available vehicle. Deputy Minister Datuk Fadillah asked the Team Manager of Cikal Nusantara, Iwan Suminar, about the engine used by his team. Iwan explained that
they use a modified motorcycle engine.
For the second time, Asia held Shell Eco-Marathon. In this year’s event of SEM Asia 2011, 94 teams from 12 countries participated in an energy-efficient vehicle competition held at the Sepang F1 circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on July 6 to 9. This competition challenged student teams to design and build energy-efficient vehicles that can travel the farthest distance with using the least amount of fuel.
There are two car categories for the SEM Asia 2011. The first category is Prototype vehicle that at least has three-wheel which focuses on innovative design and aerodynamic to minimize wind resistance. The second category is a four-wheeled UrbanConcept vehicle which shape is similar to the existing city/urban cars on the road today.
The ten Indonesian teams participating in the SEM Asia 2011 includes three cars from ITS; SapuAngin 3, SapuAngin 4 and SapuAngin 5, two cars from ITB which is Cikal and Rakata, UI with Garuda Kevasha and Kalabia, UGM with Semar Urban and Semar Prototype and Politeknik Negeri Pontianak (Polnep) with their car, Khatulistiwa Line.
For further info on Shell Eco-marathon, please visit www.shell.com/ecomarathon.
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