The Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) received praise from Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Officer Peter Voser for one of its cars competing at the Shell Eco-marathon (SEM) 2011 in Sepang, Kuala Lumpur.
As he walked through the event observing several of the competing SEM cars, Voser said he thought the ITB vehicle design, called “Cikal”, was remarkable and resembled the current design of existing vehicles in urban areas.
For the second time, Asia is hosting the SEM.
In this year’s event, SEM Asia 2011, 94 teams from 12 countries participated in an energy-efficient vehicle competition held at the Sepang F1 circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from July 6 to 9.
The competition challenged student teams to design and build energy-efficient vehicles capable of traveling the furthest distance using the least amount of fuel.
There are two categories for the SEM Asia 2011. The first category is the Prototype vehicle that has at least three wheels, which focuses on innovative design and aerodynamics to minimize wind resistance. The second category is a four-wheeled Urban Concept vehicle, the shape of which is similar to existing city/urban cars.
The ten Indonesian teams participating in the SEM Asia 2011 included three cars from 10th November Institute of Technology (ITS), SapuAngin 3, SapuAngin 4 and SapuAngin 5; two cars from ITB, Cikal and Rakata; University of Indonesia (UI) with Garuda Kevasha and Kalabia; Gadjah Mada University (UGM) with Semar Urban and Semar Prototype; and Politeknik Negeri Pontianak (Polnep) with their car, Khatulistiwa Line.
Racing Rakata: In this handout image provided by Shell via AP Images, driver Yusef Ginanjar of Team RAKATA from Intsitut Teknologi Bandugn (ITB) of Indonesia makes a test run during Day 1 of the Shell Eco-marathon energy efficiency challenge at Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Teams from all over Asia began to race their energy efficient cars against other universities during Day 1 of the three day challenge. (Janson Lee Kok Wooi/Shell via AP Images)
taken from The Jakarta Post
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