The three Omani teams from Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Caledonian College of Engineering and German University of Technology (GUTech) were among 117 student teams from various colleges and universities in Asia, Middle East, Africa and Australia who gathered in the Philippines in March of this year for a unique four-day event to showcase, test and drive their self-built fuel-efficient vehicles on the streets of Manila. Shell Eco-marathon challenges student from around the world to design, build and test ultra-energy-efficient vehicles. The engines are powered by various energy sources, fuels, hydrogen cells or lithium batteries. The winners are the teams that go the furthest using the least amount of energy.
Commenting on the performance of the Omani teams at Shell Eco-marathon, H.E. Salim Al Aufi, said: “The Omani teams keep returning to this event with more determination to succeed and better results every time. They are making us proud year after year and I am happy to see that the SQU team is scoring advance positions with a new Arab record of 281 kilometers per litre.”
Speaking at the occasion, Chris Breeze, Shell’s Country Chairman in Oman, said, “The three teams should be really proud of their knowledge, creativity and dedication and particularly the way in which they supported each other. We are delighted to have lent our support to these high-calibre students who will go on to be tomorrow’s leaders and entrepreneurs, and are confident that Shell’s Eco-Marathon was a great learning experience for them.”