Design Concept of the Day #2: Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa Prototype
July 10, 2012 § Leave a comment
In the future, we will all be driving cars that look like slugs… or maybe not. This super-aerodynamic economy record-setter is the work of some of tomorrow’s engineers, however. Further to the below post, the Shell Eco-marathon Asia took place last weekend at the Sepang circuit, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: overall winning team (for the second year running) was Luk Jao Mae Khlong Prapa from the Dhurakij Pundit University, Thailand. Its ethanol-fuelled Prototype (pictured) managed 2903km on a litre of fuel, breaking the team’s record from last year – and marking the equivalent of driving from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi. The winning UrbanConcept came from Cikal Cakrasvarna, of the Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia, achieving 196km/litre in their petrol vehicle.
Student teams came from 18 countries including Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Japan, Qatar, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, the Lebanon, Brunei and the Philippines. Shell Malaysia Country Chair Iain Lo said: “The level of energy and team spirit exuded in the pit and on the track has been truly amazing. It has shown that with team work, impressive results can be achieved. One can’t help but be optimistic that achieving smarter mobility is not too distant a dream, when our future is already thinking of solutions today.”
More about the event, including video and picture galleries, here.