Friday, May 10, 2013

Pakistani Students Gear Up for Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2013

Friday, May 10, 2013
Thirteen student teams from Pakistan’s top universities are preparing ultra energy-efficient vehicles for Shell’s annual super-mileage competition, the Eco-marathon. The competition will be held from July 4-7, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where over 1,000 students from 16 countries in Asia and the Middle East will come together for the fourth time on the Formula One circuit at Sepang.

To showcase the progress the teams have made on their vehicles before the competition, Shell Pakistan Limited is organising a launch event at NUST campus in Rawalpindi. Participating teams will test their cars on May 18, 2013 under the supervision of technical and safety experts, and will take the track on May 19, 2013.

In an effort to motivate the students to go beyond the competition, Shell Pakistan will be giving out special awards to Pakistan teams during the launch event. Awards will be given to teams who have built their vehicles around Shell’s high safety standards, have turned innovative ideas into reality and which have kept achieving a sustainable future of energy in mind. A panel of judges from academia, industry and the government will be viewing the vehicles at the launch event and awarding the best performers in these categories. The event will be followed by a press conference and award ceremony.

“Shell Eco-marathon brings together young and brilliant minds, who will be this country’s future leaders,” said Omar Sheikh, Chairman of Shell companies in Pakistan. Shell Eco-marathon provides a platform for students to push the boundaries of fuel-efficiency that are part of Shell’s innovative approach to help tackle the challenges of the new energy future.

Using the experience gained at Eco-marathon events over the last 4 years, students from Pakistan continue to develop fuel-efficient vehicles that could one day be part of the solution to global energy challenges.

About Shell Eco-marathon

The Eco-marathon is a super-mileage challenge, created by Shell, designed to inspire student innovation and develop future technologies that represent game-changing fuel efficiency and transportation performance. Participants are challenged to design, build, and test vehicles to go the farthest distance using the least amount of energy. This year, about 150 student teams from 16 countries all over Asia will hit the tracks of the Sepang International Circuit with their “Prototype” and “Urban Concept” category vehicles.

 The Prototype category invites student teams to enter futuristic cars – streamlined vehicles focused on maximising fuel-efficiency through innovative design elements, such as drag reduction. The UrbanConcept category focuses on more “roadworthy” fuel-efficient vehicles.  Aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers, these vehicles are closer in appearance to the higher-mileage cars seen on roads today.

 For both Prototype and UrbanConcept categories, teams may enter vehicles using any of the following eight energy types: hydrogen (fuel cell), solar, battery electric, gasoline, diesel, Shell Gas to Liquids (GTL), Fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and Ethanol E100.

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