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By Kenneth Neo Kang Wei
Third-year student specialising in automotive engineering
Our attractive Eco-car garnered many fans at this year's Shell Eco-marathon Asia
Intensive discussion at the technical inspection area with the Shell Technical Team (in blue)
NUS Eco-car team with (from right) Prof Chew Yong Tian, Assoc Prof Lu Wen Feng, Prof Tan Eng Chye and Assoc Prof Lee Kim Seng at Sepang, Malaysia
It was Wednesday, 6 July 2011. This day finally arrived and the entire NUS Urban Concept team was in high spirits upon stepping onto the tarmac of the international circuit at Sepang, Malaysia. We were all highly-strung, in anticipation of the challenge we would be facing over the four-day fuel efficiency competition, the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia.
The rah-rah spirit was immediately extinguished upon hearing the terrible news - the shipment of the car was delayed at the customs. There was a problem encountered by the shipping agency transporting our precious Eco car. We were put in a perilous situation of not being able to compete at all!
Against all odds, the NUS Urban Concept Team pulled through. When the crates finally arrived in the wee hours of the morning on 7 July, the team plunged into assembling and preparation of the car for the competition. The efficiency of the team was evident in the process. While this took more than one day for many competing teams, the NUS Urban Concept team took only a mere two hours!
When the technical inspection hurdle was eventually passed by noon, the team set itself for practice runs and later, the official runs. The sweat and hard work for the past one year paid off finally. The NUS Urban Concept emerged the winner in Hydrogen E-mobility Urban Concept Category and bagged the prestigious off-track Design Award as well.
All in a day's work? Well, it was more like four days of high anxiety and tension. But it was worth every brain cell and all the muscle strength we exhausted to beat the competition.
20 July 2011