Shell Eco-Marathon to fire up in the Philippines

By: Matt Wood

Manila will host the Asia final of the Shell Eco-Marathon next month.

Shell Eco-Marathon to fire up in the Philippines
Universities from across Asia and the Middle East will compete in the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia final.

For three days between February 6 and 9, the streets of Manila will reverberate to the sounds of some very small engines attempting to save a very large amount of fuel.

The Asia final of the Shell Eco-Marathon is being held in the Philippines this year as 130 student teams representing universities from across Asia and the Middle East.

The teams from 16 different countries run vehicles in two different classes. The prototype class is where the teams compete to build the most fuel efficient vehicle possible.

The urban concept class is for the most efficient vehicle that could pass for an actual car. The vehicle will also showcase hybrid technologies aside from just using fossil fuels for power.

The Shell Eco-Marathon is now in its fifth year and regional championships are held around the globe in Asia, Europe and the Americas to highlight and encourage innovation in fuel efficiency.

The event itself has its origins in a bet between two scientists made back in 1939. The Illinois-based scientists wagered on who could drive the furthest on 1 gallon of fuel and the winner apparently managed just over 21km.   

We’ll be trackside watching as the event unfolds as well as speaking to some of Shell’s top experts on issues relating to fuel, lubricants and fuel management and looking at what lies ahead for fuel and vehicle technologies.

The Shell Eco Lab will not only tackle advances in existing fuels but also the potential fuels of the future.

The Powering Progress Together Forum will also look at social issues such as the future of global energy, food and water resources.     

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