6 March 2018 – Three teams of 21 students and 3 supervisors departed for Singapore today to represent Brunei Darussalam in the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018, a global programme that challenges bright student minds to design and build ultra-energy efficient cars, and then put them to the test in competition.
The participants from Brunei include students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB). Brunei Team will be competing against more than 120 teams from 18 countries around Asia Pacific and the Middle East which are attempting to push the boundaries of energy efficiency by coming up with the right combination of energy source, streamlined design, lightweight materials and driving strategy.
Supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) with the joint collaboration of the Ministry of Education, UBD, UTB and PB, the teams will be participating in one of the two categories – the Prototype category, or futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.
Representing Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) are the UTB Eco drive Team 2018 (UTB EDT18) comprising of seven students from the Mechanical Engineering; Mechatronics Engineering; Business Information Systems and Creative Multimedia. Joining the students were Yang Mulia Murhamdillah bin Morni, Deputy Dean of School of Design and Yang Mulia Abdul Hafiz bin Mahmud, Lab Assistant of the Mechanical Programme Area. UTB team will be competing in the Prototype Category by means of Electrical Battery.
UBD, which is participating for the sixth time, will be showcasing Gendeavour ’37. Meanwhile, UTB is bringing in their Pahlawan III.X which is an incarnation of their last year’s Shell Eco-Marathon participation in Singapore. PB’s vehicle ‘Yakin II’ is the culmination of what the team and learnt and experienced from the previous Shell Eco-Marathon 2017.
Among those seeing off the students at the Brunei International Airport were Professor Dr Dayang Hajah Zohrah binti Haji Sulaiman, the Vice Chancellor of UTB; and Mr Denis Ho Mun Tai, the Director of PB.
Also present were representatives from BSP and Brunei Shell Marketing (BSM), as well as sponsors in support of the institutions.
Shell Eco-marathon Asia will be its ninth year and hosted for the second time in Singapore. Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2018 in Singapore will also see the introduction of the inaugural Drivers’ World Championship Asia, an exciting race format in which the best Asian teams will vie for their place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final in London in 2018, competing in an exciting head-to-head race to see who is the most energy-efficient.
It is held during the Make the Future Singapore Festival, an inaugural Asian edition of Shell’s global Make the Future Festivals of ideas and innovation. This free-of-charge public festival will feature bright energy ideas and solutions to address the global energy challenge – to generate more energy, while producing less CO2 emissions.