Two Malaysian varsities win at Shell Eco Marathon 2017

O.C. Yeoh

SINGAPORE: Two Malaysian teams from University Teknologi Mara (UiTM) and University of Malaya (UM) emerged the winners in the hydrogen fuel category at the Eighth Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2017 in Singapore.

In today's races involving prototype vehicles, three teams using hydrogen fuel were pitted in a race of fuel efficiency.

UiTM Eco-Sprint grabbed the first prize, while Eco-Voyager from UM has won the second prize. ARCK Works from Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic, failed to finish the race.

Team UiTM Eco-Sprint manager Amirah Athirah Rohazam said: “I am happy with my team's victory and hope it will help to popularise STEM subjects in Malaysian schools, especially for girls.”

Team Eco-Voyager manager Inthiran Sagathevan said that he was excited to be involved in a race for fuel-efficiency which is an urgent issue facing today's world.

UiTM Eco-Sprint has won the first prize for the fourth year running, while Eco-Voyager from University of Malaya has been the second prize winner for two consecutive years.

A total of seven Malaysian teams from five universities namely UiTM, UM, Monash University Malaysia, Multimedia University, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman took part in this four-day event which began on Thursday and featured track races involving prototype and urban concept vehicles.

Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students from the region who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions to design, build and drive the most energy efficient vehicle.

Teams of students built the cars to compete in three different categories based on these energy sources: Internal combustion engine, hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric power.

The winning team received a prize of USD3,000 for their school.

This year, for the first time, it is held together with Make the Future Singapore, a festival of ideas and innovation that featured bright energy ideas and solutions that address the global energy challenge – how to meet the energy demands of the future, while producing less CO2 emissions.