Islamabad May 17, 2019: Shell Eco Marathon is a competition launched in 2010 and held every year in different locations throughout the world. This year a completion held at Malaysia. The objective of this competition is to drive innovation in engine and automotive technologies by inviting student teams across the world to design and build vehicles with the highest distance covered per unit of fuel consumed. It involves categories of vehicles with gasoline, Battery-electric and hydrogen fuel cars.
A team from NUST College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering (CEME), ‘Toyota NUSTAG,” was impressive by standing out at Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2019, held in Malaysia. Since its inception from 2010, students of College of EME, NUST, have participated with rigor and enthusiasm.
There were two stages of the competition. First, the vehicles must clear the technical inspections regarding weight, dimensions, braking, safety and fuel supply etc. The Technical and safety inspections this year were stricter than years before, resulting in many teams who cleared for track in past years, not qualifying in 2019. Team “Toyota NUSTAG” cleared all the technical inspections in time and proceeded to the track.
Secondly, Team NUSTAG completed a valid run on the track, yielding a mileage of 72 km/ltr. NUSTAG’s mileage earned the team 11th position among 55 competing teams from around the world. In addition to that, team also beat India, Bangladesh, Turkey, Singapore, Malaysia, Egypt, KSA, Nepal, Philippines and many other South Asian countries in category of Urban Concept mileage challenge. The track conditions were not so much supporting but team “Toyota NUSTAG” completed 2.61 km with 8 turns and steep climbs (about 200m at 20⁰ slope). The circuit is tough on tires, because of the construction of the asphalt for formula racing. Moreover, the track temperature reached 50+ degrees Celsius with high humidity, which was also difficult for both car and driver. The team members have expressed their special gratitude to Toyota Indus Motors, which has been sponsoring the team for two years in a row. The team is committed to performing even better in suchlike competitions in future.
Reported by: Ch. Mudasar Iqbal