The Brunei contingents to the Shell Eco-marathon Asia (SEMA) 2018 comprising of students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) and Politeknik Brunei (PB) today joined over 120 student teams from 18 countries across Asia Pacific and the Middle East, to compete in this year’s competition held at the Changi Exhibition Centre in Singapore held from 8th-11th March 2018. Brunei’s participation to the event is greatly supported by Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education (MOE) through UBD, UTB and PB.
Shell Eco-marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges engineering, design, science and technology students to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.
This year, the Brunei teams will be participating in one category which is the Prototype category – futuristic and highly aerodynamic vehicles.
Following a very intensive safety and technical inspection check held three days ago, all three proudly Brunei self-built vehicles by the students made it through with flying colours, ready to race the track.
Team Politeknik Brunei’s “Yakin 2” went through four attempts out of the standard allowed which was five before the final day. The third attempt was their best record for today’s race at 117km/kWh. On seat driving “Yakin 2” at the race track was Nurul Ramizah Binti Ramlee.
Gendeavour’37 driven by Fatin Amanina binti Awang Haji Abd Azis from Team UBD completed the nine laps and finishing strong with an efficiency of 116km/kWh. Despite the challenges faced during the first attempt, the team was even more than ready to rise up to the challenge to beat the odds. Keeping the spirits high and looking forward to winning, the focus now is to work harder and push their limits to achieve better.
Meanwhile, UTB’s Pahlawan III.X has been scheduled to race in the finals joining the other two Brunei teams against the vehicles from the similar category that will be driven by Hamiz ‘Abdulhadi bin Haji Osman.
To follow the journey of the teams, you can follow their Instagram accounts @ubdsem, @utb.sem and @polybrusem