GUtech wins 5th place in EcoMarathon

GUtech’s Megalodon team won the fifth place in the diesel fuel category at the Shell EcoMarathon held in Manila, The Philippines, earlier this week. The first place was scooped by a Japanese student team, with the Omani GUtech team placed ahead of the American University of Sharjah and other Asian teams. “We would like to congratulate the team of 12 engineering students who worked hard to successfully pass all the technical tests. They have showed great resilience despite some challenges that had to be faced at the beginning. With a fuel capacity of 250 ml of diesel, the team drove 143 kilometres/litre,” said Prof Dr Rudolf Fleischer, Head of the Department of Computer Science and Dean of the Engineering Department at GUtech.
The Shell EcoMarathon began in 1939 at a Shell research laboratory in the United States as a friendly wager between scientists to see who could get the most miles per gallon from their vehicle. The winner of that contest barely achieved 50 mpg (21 km/l), and from these humble origins, a more organised competition evolved.
In 1985 in France, Shell EcoMarathon as we know it today was born. In April 2007, Shell EcoMarathon Americas event was launched in the United States, and in 2010, the inaugural Shell EcoMarathon Asia was held in Malaysia. Malaysia hosted Shell Eco-Marathon Asia until 2013.
Since 2014, the event is being held in Manila, Philippines, which will continue to host the event until 2016.

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