11 May 2019 – Brunei Darussalam was represented by three teams comprising 23 students from Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) all who had competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2019.
Now in its 10th year running, the Asian edition of Shell Eco-Marathon returned with much fanfare as it had brought together over 100 teams comprising students from 18 countries to test which car can go the farthest using the least amount of energy.
One of the world’s longest-running student competitions, Shell Eco-Marathon is a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars, and then put them to a test in the competition.
The competition was divided into three energy categories – internal combustion, battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cell. There were two vehicle classes for each of the categories which included Prototype and the Urban Concept.
The Bruneian teams competed in the Prototype (Battery Electric) and Urban Concept (Internal Combustion) categories.
Participating in the Urban Concept category were Pengembara 1 team from PB; and in the Prototype category, representing Brunei were UTB Eco-Drive Team from UTB and Yakin III team from PB.
Following a very intensive and detailed safety inspection, all three vehicles that were hand built by the students made it through with flying colours and were allowed onto the track to race.
Shell Eco-Marathon represents a competition for students interested in building innovative mobility solution and provide challenges for students to work as a team to plan, build and spearhead the most energy efficient vehicle in the world.
Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) continues to support the students to participate in the event, as part of the company’s commitment to explore innovative ways to grow Bruneian talents and power more Bruneian innovation.
-COURTESY OF BORNEO BULLETIN-