A total of 119 student teams from all over Asia and the
Middle East came together at Kuala Lumpur's Sepang
International F1 Circuit from 4th to 7th July to compete in
this year's Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2012 - an event that
challenges young minds to see who can design and built the
region's most fuel-efficient vehicle.
For the first time in the event's history, student teams
from universities in the Middle East have taken part in the
competition. Participants included one team from the Abu
Dhabi Men's College, one team from the American University
in Beirut, one team from the Lebanese American University,
two teams from Qatar University and one team from Texas
University in Qatar. In addition to delegations from Basrah
University in Iraq, Ain Shams University and Cairo
University from Egypt, the American Univesrity of Sharjah
from the UAE and Sultan Qaboos University from Oman.
Speaking to media at the event, Mr. Muhammad Ridwan
Murshed, a student from the American University in Sharjah,
expressed his enthusiasm saying "I am very thankful to
Shell for giving me this invaluable opportunity to
participate. I am looking forward to coming back and I
firmly believe that my colleagues in AUS will be very eager
to learn about everything I have seen and experienced at
With a close of competition on the last day, the big
winners of this year's event are once again the Luk Jao Mae
Khlong Prapa team of Thailand's Dhurakij Pundit University
who achieved an extraordinary mileage of 2,903 km per litre
in their Prototype Ethanol car - the equivalent of driving
from Dubai to Damascus.
However, the event is not only about results. The
competition encourages the brightest young minds to create
innovative vehicles that push the boundaries of
fuel-efficiency and energy conservation.
An example of this is Shell Eco-marathon first timers from
Qatar University, who were inspired to be the first team to
use Gas to Liquid (GTL) fuel to compete in the Asia event.
"We've redeveloped our vehicle and it now features
a whole new Diesel GTL engine. We're very confident
that our vehicle will break new records," said Mr.
Bilal Walid Abdullatif of Qatar University's Team Gernas2.
About the Shell Eco-Marathon
The idea for the competition originated in 1939 as a
friendly wager between Shell scientists to see who can
travel furthest on a single litre of fuel. From these
humble origins the Shell Eco-Marathon has grown into a
global competition to develop solutions to society's most
pressing dilemma - the energy challenge. The event
encourages students to design, build and race ultra
fuel-efficient vehicles in a competition to see which team
can achieve the greatest distance on the least amount of
The competition is especially relevant in today's world
where there are over 700 million cars on the road globally
- a number which is expected to triple by 2050. According
to the International Energy Agency (IEA), road transport
alone accounts for approximately 17% of global energy use.
In rapidly growing countries across the Middle East, the
number of vehicles on the road is increasing year on year,
and it's up to future generations to develop solutions to
Speaking on behalf of participants at the event, Dr.
Shivakumar Ranganathan, professor of mechanical engineering
at the University of Sharjah stated that "the Shell
Eco-Marathon celebrates the spirit of humanity by pushing
the limits of technology and encourages students to apply
what they have learnt to develop solutions to tomorrow's
In addition to the competition, the event also featured a
Future Energy, Smarter Mobility Forum hosted by Mr. Simon
Henry, Chief Financial Officer for Royal Dutch Shell. The
forum brought together 150 policy makers from around the
region to drive dialogue on issues relating to smarter
mobility, sustainable transportation and city planning. "At
Shell, we're working to accelerate innovation and make
mobility smarter - from more efficient vehicle fuels to
liquid fuels made from cleaner natural gas," Mr. Henry
Before being allowed to run on the tracks, each team's
vehicle is subject to rigorous technical inspections to
ensure that each meets the safety standards set out by
Shell. Carried out over two days prior to the official
flag-off of the competition, vehicles are tested on a list
of aspects that include everything from braking, to seat
belts, vehicle dimensions and visibility before being
deemed fit to compete.
Achieving the best run in the various energy types was not
the only way to win at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2012. Teams
were also given the opportunity to compete for Off-Track
Awards on Safety, Technical Innovation, Design and
Communications. In this year's competition, new awards were
also given for Eco-Design, Best Team Spirit and
Perseverance in the Face of Adversity. Teams winning
Off-Track Awards will receive USD 1,000.
For more information on all 2012 Shell Eco-marathon events
across the globe, including official rules, instructions
for registration and details on prizes, please visit the
Shell Eco-marathon website at www.shell.com/ecomarathon
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