Jakarta, July 5, 2016. The Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) Bandung came first place in a race of the fastest and most energy efficient vehicle, the Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship (SEM DWC) held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London on July 3, 2016. The Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 who brought their electric battery-powered UrbanConcept car “Turangga Cheta EV3” bested Team ISEN Toulon, France, who also raced their electric battery car and won second place in this event. Standing in the third place was Team Mater Dai Supermileage High School from the United States with their fuel-powered UrbanConcept car.
“We’re more than happy to be able to take part in this event and moreover won first place in this prestigious Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship,” said Amin Sobirin, team manager of Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 UPI. Sending eight team members, Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 UPI contingent consisted of supervisors, team manager, team members, and driver. They had arrived in the United Kingdom since June 29, 2016, to take part in the qualification round of Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers World Championship.
Darwin Silalahi, President Director, Country Chairman, Shell Indonesia, “We are proud and pleased of the achievement and the winning that Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 from UPI attained in the prestigious Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship, which was the first time ever held by Shell. This win proved that Indonesia has smart, creative human capital capable to invent an energy-saving car that has the potential to be developed as the car of the future. We will continue with our commitment to develop Indonesia’s human capital and to actively contribute to the Government of Indonesia in preparing future energy needs through our various innovations.”
Shell, the world’s leading energy company for the first time held “Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) Drivers’ World Championship (DWC)” dedicated for UrbanConcept car that uses internal combustion engine on July 3, 2016 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. This was the first world competition and part of the annual Shell Eco-Marathon Europe (SEME) held from June 30 – July 3, 2016.
For the first time in the history of Shell Eco-Marathon, student teams from around the world gathered and competed in the UrbanConcept car race for the title of fastest and most energy efficient car in the world. Three Indonesian student teams, Team Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia (UI), Team ITS Team 2 from Institut Sepuluh Nopember (ITS), and Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 from Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia (UPI) were invited to participate in SEM DWC.
Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship is Shell’s commitment for the world, helping the planet to meet its energy demand that increases every year, through collaboration with students, partners, and other stakeholders.
Bumi Siliwangi Team 4: passed first day inspection test and the first to finish in the final
Representing Asia in the Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 UPI and two other Indonesian teams, Team Sadewa from Universitas Indonesia (UI), Team ITS Team 2 from Institut Sepuluh Nopember (ITS) had to take part in the qualification round of Shell Eco-Marathon DWC. The Indonesian teams were three of five teams representing Asia in this world championship.
The qualification round required the teams to pass technical inspection, pass Europe SEM qualification (three laps with the UrbanConcept car on SEM Europe track with two times qualified finish), and to achieve at least 90% of the same record each SEM team attained in their respective region. Participants from outside Europe such as Team Sadewa, however, did not take part in the Shell Eco Marathon Europe (SEME) that was held in the same venue.
“Our team passed the inspection test in the first day. In the track test, we raced 2.25 kilometers and recorded 48 km/kWh and 52 kilometers per kWh, which meant we met the minimum qualification of 90 percent record of SEM Asia. Team Bumi Siliwangi started second in the final round. We were down to fourth position, but we were able to lead ahead in three laps, with elevation between three to twelve meters. Eventually we bested the French and US teams, and arrived first at the finish line,” said Amin Sobirin.
Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 became the only Indonesian team in the DWC final after the other two teams, Team Sadewa UI and Team ITS Team 2 failed in the SEM DWC qualification.
DWC race was grouped into three heats, each consisting of eight participants. Two first teams to pass the finish line and two teams in second positions from each heat were eligible to move forward to the final round of Shell Eco-Marathon DWC. In total, only eight cars made it to the Shell Eco-Marathon DWC final. Team Bumi Siliwangi Team 4 who raced in the final beat other teams from American, European, and Asian regions.
Norman Koch, Global Technical Director for Shell Eco-Marathon said, “The length of the new track in Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship posed a new challenge for all teams. We saw first hand the performance of these high standard cars as well as the teams’ competitiveness and the drive to win the championship.”
The final round of Shell Eco-Marathon Drivers’ World Championship was particularly challenging for the teams after more than four days of competition. Championing an electric battery car, Team Bumi Siliwangi from Bandung came out as the winner. Through this resounding win on Sunday, Indonesia got to attend a one-week invitation with the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 in Italy.