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Ready for energy-efficiency?

Get set to launch modernized gears.

Go to Rizal Park now!

But if your schedule won’t permit you to visit one of the hottest events in the Metro this week, we got you covered! MB Life visited the Shell Eco-marathon flag-off ceremony on Friday (March 4, 2016) at the Rizal Park in Manila to give you a glimpse of what’s happening at the racetracks dominated by self-built and fuel-efficient vehicles.

It’s student-centered

(Photo courtesy of Shell)
(Photo courtesy of Shell)

127 student teams are gathering in the country for a four-day event to showcase, test, and drive their eco-friendly vehicles. Being the host country, 28 teams will be representing top schools from the Philippines such as Mapua Institute of Technology, Ateneo de Davao University, De La Salle University, Far Eastern University Institute of Technology, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Manila, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Technological Institute of the Philippines – Quezon City and Manila, University of the East, and the University of Santo Tomas.

Worldwide participation

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The students are from all across Asia, Middle East and Africa. Everyone got the chance to participate in either Prototype or Urban Concept vehicle categories of the competition. Prototypes refer to streamlined vehicles focused on maximizing fuel efficiency through ground-breaking design elements, while the Urban Concept category provides an avenue to showcase fuel-efficient vehicles that are similar with mainstream cars in terms of appearance.

2016 marks the finale marathon in the Philippines

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Now on its third year of testing innovative cars in the country, Shell Eco-marathon is now on its last leg in Manila. The closing ceremony and awarding will be held on Sunday (March 6, 2016) at the Manila Hotel.

Fun fact: The Philippines is the largest contingent in Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2016.

A glimpse at the cars of the future

Here comes the best part. The track overflows with creativity and innovation while helping the world conserve fuel! Students also had all the freedom to put their thoughts into actualization, provided that the entries meet safety rules. Safety first!

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Look at all these hot wheels!

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All vehicles are powered by any of the following: gasoline, diesel, alternative gasoline, alternative diesel, electric battery, or hydrogen fuel cell. The car with the farthest mileage wins!

Prizes at stake

Of course, all these hard work will be paid off by winning amounts. Prize money goes as much as $2,000 for both Prototype and Urban Concept winners from 24 on-track awards! Plus, there are also five off-track awards for additional aspects – Communications, Vehicle Design, Technical Innovation, Safety and Perseverance, and Spirit of the Event.

Mileage to beat: 1,572 km on 1 liter of ethanol

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Now, that’s crazy! Team Virgin from Sakonnakhon Technical College in Thailand drove that far with just a liter of ethanol. Think of it as traveling from Manila to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam – that’s far.

We wonder who can beat that?

Goes hand-in-hand with a call to conserve

“For as long as it takes to create that awareness that the energy resources that we have is finite, we should take care of it, we should be more efficient in our ways, we’ve always been calling the attention of the public – the government and the corporate – to collaborate and join hands to arrive at solutions to ensure that we have enough resources to be used for the next generations,” explains Lyndon Lumain, Shell Eco Marathon Asia’s Project Head during a short interview with MB Life.

“That’s why we are tapping the students because they are the source of all these innovative ideas. And somewhere along the way, there might be somebody who would have the car of the future,” he added.

So just like what Dr. Seuss wrote in The Lorax, a story about preserving trees, we should also preserve and conserve other resources: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not.”

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