Shell’s ‘Make the Future’ Singapore ends with Philippine team as winner of the race for efficiency in drivers’ world championship Asia

young-lady-coming-out-of-energy-zobShell’s ‘Make the Future’ is not just another festival celebrating scientific and engineering innovations. It is one that will come alive through contributions by the brightest young minds across Asia. Through virtual reality and hands-on experiential zones, find out what the future of energy might look like, as the world taps on natural gas, renewables and other low-carbon technologies.

Make the Future Singapore 2017 concluded on Sunday, March 19, after four days of delighting more than 22,000 visitors with innovative displays that demonstrated the crucial role energy plays in everyday life.


Shell’s festival of ideas and innovation for Asia, came to an exciting close on 19th of March with Team DSLU Eco Car – I.C.E from De La Salle University in Philippines claiming victory in the inaugural Drivers’ World Championship Asia, where the most energy-efficient student teams competed in a head-to-head race.


Held on a purpose-built 1.19-kilometre circuit at the Changi Exhibition Centre, the Drivers’ World Championship Asia saw winning teams from the UrbanConcept category of Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 earn a place in the Drivers’ World Championship Grand Final to be held at Make the Future Live in London, UK, on May 28, 2017.


Team DSLU Eco Car – I.C.E will be joined in the English capital by Bengawan Team 2 from Sebelas Maret University and ITS Team 2 from Institut Teknologi Sepuluh Nopember both from Indonesia, who rounded out the podium places in the Asia heat in Singapore. They will now prepare to face-off against the best three teams from both the Americas and Europe to be crowned overall Grand Final champions and earn a once-in-a-lifetime experience at the home of Scuderia Ferrari.


Winning driver Carlo Miguel Flores, 19, who used a gasoline-powered car, said: “I can’t believe it! None of us can. This is just such an amazing achievement for all of us and we’ve worked so hard to get here. Now, to be given the opportunity to travel to London and compete for a trip to Italy and see Ferrari, it’s amazing. We already can’t wait!”


The NTU Singapore 3D-Printed Car team also participated in the Drivers’ World Championship Asia and placed fourth. “We might not have won the top placings in the competition but it was still a great thrill to be able to race against the other teams. This has spurred us to continue to work on our car so that we have a better chance in next year’s competition,” said Richmond Ten, team manager.


Norman Koch, Shell Eco-marathon General Manager, said: “Everyone involved in Make the Future Festivals is excited about the possibilities afforded by the Drivers’ World Championship and the challenge it offers our competing students. Marrying efficiency with speed has never been easy but I am confident that this competition will uncover some impressive automotive technology for the future. It will also add even more excitement to the on-track action at Shell Eco-marathon, which is great for everyone involved.”


The inaugural edition of Make the Future Singapore saw 22,000 members of the public, alongside representatives from business, academia and government and school children, explore the future of energy and mobility through open dialogue and thought-provoking experiential zones.