Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019, at the heart of Make the Future Live Malaysia, has come to a close with teams from Thailand, China and Singapore demonstrating the best energy efficiency within their respective prototype categories.

Prototype Category Winners

In the Mileage Challenge, RMUTP RACING from Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon in Thailand achieved an equivalent of 1,546.9 kilometres on a litre of Ethanol with their Prototype car, the equivalent of driving from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Bangkok, Thailand.

“We are very happy to win. We did our best and we used our experience gathered over the three years of competing, but our number one rule is teamwork,” said Peerapon Booncheuy, team manager for RMUTP.

Other winners in the prototype competition included HuaQi-EV from China with a result of 501.6 km/kWh in the Battery Electric category and TP ECO FLASH from Singapore with a result of 403.3 km/m3 in the hydrogen category.

Drivers’ World Championship Qualifier

At the Drivers World Championship Qualifier, Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore beat other top UrbanConcept cars in a breathtaking race to cross the finish line without running out of their limited allocation of energy.

“We are very happy as the win wasn’t expected. It was nerve-wracking as we were a close second for most of the race. Our secret was honestly just very good teamwork – the team, monitoring every aspect of the car, letting me know how much energy to use and where to use it. So it was a very well-coordinated effort and that to me was the key to our success” shared Colin Ioh, team driver for Nanyang E Drive

ITS Team 5 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember in Indonesia and team LH – EST from Lac Hong University in Vietnam took second and third place respectively.

The top three teams from the Asia qualifier will face off against the best UrbanConcept teams from the Americas and Europe in the Drivers’ World Championship to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK, on July 5, 2019. The ultimate winning team will be awarded with an invitation to visit Scuderia Ferrari's exclusive headquarters in Italy. They will participate in exciting workshops and learn from the best at Ferrari.

Norman Koch, Make the Future Live General Manager, said: “The Drivers’ World Championship incorporates both the fuel efficiency of the vehicle with the technique and skills of the driver. This time it is the strategy of handling the vehicles while simultaneously managing fuel efficiency. We saw amazing action and my congratulations goes to all the teams for all their achievements.”

Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 culminated this evening at an awards ceremony celebrating the achievements of a regionally diverse crowd of students, from 18 countries across Asia and the Middle East.

“This year’s competition has concluded victoriously with all our student teams pushing the boundaries to showcase their talent, ingenuity and innovation. Their dedication, teamwork, courage and perseverance are an inspiration for each of us to contribute towards a more and cleaner energy future. Each and every team here today are true champions,” expressed Datuk Iain lo, Chairman of Shell Malaysia.

“It’s wonderful to see our partners and our staff volunteers across the region, coming together at this event that provides a platform for bright young minds to contribute towards a better tomorrow,” he concluded.

Off-Track Awards

Shell Eco-marathon is more than the track victory. Students are also recognised for their communications, technical innovation, design, safety and perseverance.

This year a new off-track award - Circular Economy Award was introduced to recognise the team which demonstrates “circular economy” thinking in the concept, design and functioning of their vehicle. The objective is to motivate students to think how they can integrate the concept of circular economy in engineering of materials, products and services for real life industrial and consumer solutions.

The winner of the Circular Economy award is MMU Grüne Welt from Multimedia University Melaka Campus, Malaysia based on their vehicle design, the circular potential of the components used to manufacture their vehicle and incorporation of an assessment method to analyse environmental impacts. The team received a USD3000 prize in recognition of their achievement.

“We did not expect to win the Circular Economy awards at all, especially since we did not perform very well last year – we weren’t even able to get a valid run. However, we learnt from our failure and learned from it. We couldn’t be happier as all our hard work and efforts finally paid off. I hope more Malaysian teams would participate in Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the upcoming years and don’t let your failures discourage you” shared Athmas Thum, team manager for MMU Grüne Welt.

2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Results

Category Winner Result
Internal Combustion Engine RMUTP Racing
Rajamangala University of Technology Phra Nakhon (Thailand)
1546.9 (km/l)
Battery Electric HuaQi-EV
Guangzhou College of South China University of Technology (China)
501.6 (km/kWh)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell TP ECO FLASH
Temasek Polytechnic (Singapore)
403.3 (km/m3)
Category Winner Result
Internal Combustion Engine ITS Team Sapuangin
Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember (Indonesia)
395.1 (km/l)
Battery Electric LH-EST
Lac Hong University (Vietnam)
170.1 (km/kWh)
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Nanyang E Drive
Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)
93.9 (km/m3)
Drivers' World Championship Asia
Podium Finish Team Country
1st Nanyang E Drive
Nanyang Technological University
2nd ITS Team 5
Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember
3rd LH – EST
Lac Hong University

2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia Off-track Awards

Communications Award

KMUTT E-Drive Revolution from King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi, Thailand demonstrated an impactful and successful integrated Communications campaign to promote their team ahead of the Shell Eco-marathon competition in 2019.  The team walked away with a USD3000 prize in recognition of their continuous communicational and promotional activities.

Technical Innovation Award

GUC Innovators from German University in Cairo, Egypt demonstrated outstanding technical ingenuity where the team developed a system for vehicle drivers with physical limitations (such as missing arms or legs) using a drive by wire system that is controlled via brainwave and facial sensors.  There is a real world need for this application and now the practicality of this is within technological reach. The student team walked away with a USD3000 prize.

Vehicle Design (Prototype) Award

Team AVERERA from Indian Institute of Technology - Banaras Hindu University, India were awarded a USD3000 prize for their innovative design research and execution, where they captured the challenges faced and worked on root cause analysis with simulation and arrived at the optimum solution with material selection and design refinement.

Vehicle Design (UrbanConcept) Award

Nanyang E Drive from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore also walked away with a USD3000 prize for their futuristic, lightweight, single seater vehicle design heavily inspired by the body and swept wings of the Green Dock Beetle.

Safety Award

CUT Eco-Racing UC from Cairo University, Egypt received a USD3000 prize for their team’s demonstration of behavioural safety while at Shell Eco Marathon. The team demonstrate safe working practices as well as an overall proactive approach to their own and other people’s safety, both in the paddocks and on the track.

Hydrogen Newcomer Award

Hydrogen is a crucial clean fuel for the future. The prize of USD3000 was presented to the best hydrogen newcomer ITS Team 5 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember, Indonesia whose vehicle displayed a good overall design with high energy efficiency and innovation.

Perseverance & Spirit of the Event Award

S.U. Racing Team from Satbayev Kazakh National Technical University, Kazakhstan displayed strong commitment to improvement and overcoming hurdles. Learning from previous experience in Shell Eco Marathon 2018, the team showed tremendous growth this year and speed through technical inspection while showing preparedness, determination and excellence in their dedication and conduct. The student team walked away with a USD3000 prize.

About Make the Future

Make the Future Live is a global programme bringing people and ideas into collaborate spaces, driving towards a lower-carbon energy future. The programme comes to Malaysia in 2019 bringing together participants from Asia Pacific and beyond.

At the heart of Make the Future Live is Shell Eco-marathon. Over its three-decade history the programme has seen thousands of high school and university students from across the world build ultra-energy-efficient vehicles, in a variety of designs, using a spectrum of energy types.

Every year brings new stories of human endeavour and technical excellence, as teams push the boundaries of what’s possible. In 2019, Make the Future Live, Malaysia will host a regional leg of this global competition programme, Shell Eco-marathon Asia.

About Shell Eco-marathon

In April 2019, Shell Eco-marathon Asia returns to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which hosted the inaugural regional event in 2010. Through the years, Shell Eco-marathon Asia has grown in both number of teams and vehicles over the years. Over 100 student teams from 18 countries around Asia Pacific and the Middle East will compete in 2019. After spending months designing, building and testing their designs, these bright young engineers will put their self-built energy-efficient cars to the test on the iconic Sepang International Circuit.

Shell Eco-marathon Asia will include two key competitions this year. The longest running competition is the Mileage Challenge where teams compete to discover whose car could travel the farthest on the least amount of fuel. In 2018, the winning team of the Asian leg was efficient enough to travel 2,341 kilometres – about the distance from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Yangon, Myanmar – on just one litre of fuel!

In addition, teams will have the opportunity to take part in a qualifier for the Drivers’ World Championship. Matching the proven energy-efficiency of their car with the strategy, skill and speed of the driver, this is a race to see who crosses the finish line first without running out of their limited allocation of energy. Top teams will win their place in the 2019 Drivers’ World Championship, to be held in July in London

Shell Eco-marathon is a visible demonstration of Shell’s commitment to help the world meet its growing energy needs in a responsible way by working together with students, partners and other stakeholders.


Cindy Lopez
Head, South East Asia/South Asia, Media Relations

Mich Villar
Shell Spokesperson

Elaine Villanueva
Shell Spokesperson

Prema Jayabalan
Shell Malaysia Media Manager

Jacy Kiru

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