MUSCAT: Three student teams from Oman’s prestigious educational institutions, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Caledonian College of Engineering (CCE) and German University of Technology (GUtech), are representing the sultanate in the four-day Shell Eco-marathon Asia, which is set to begin on February 26 in Manila, Philippines.

The sixth edition of the Eco-marathon kicks off with competitions in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. The event brings to the forefront the future of mobility and encourages young aspiring engineers to think outside the box for sustainable solutions.

The street circuit in Manila tests the boundaries of fuel efficiency and the winners are not measured by speed but on who can design a car that can drive the furthest on one litre of fuel.

“The Shell Eco-marathon has been designed to provide next-generation engineers with hands-on learning to experience in real-time the innovation, passion and teamwork required to create energy-saving ideas that promote efficiency and sustainability. We are proud to support the three high-calibre Omani teams who will be racing alongside students from universities, colleges and technical institutes from 17 countries,” said Chris Breeze, Shell Oman’s country chairman. Student teams can participate in either the ‘Prototype’ or ‘UrbanConcept’ vehicle categories of the competition. The Prototype category teams enter cars of the future – streamlined vehicles focused on maximising fuel-efficiency through innovative design elements.

The ‘UrbanConcept’ category focuses on more ‘roadworthy’ fuel-efficient vehicles aimed at meeting the real-life needs of drivers. Dr Abdullah Shabibi, the professor in-charge of the project from SQU said that the team had designed a low weight vehicle which runs on gasoline.

SOURCE: Muscat Daily