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    Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2012

    The Mapúa Institute of Technology will compete anew this year in the Shell Eco–marathon Asia at Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    The Shell Eco-marathon showcases energy efficient vehicles designed and built by different student teams from all over the world. It aims to inspire young designers and engineers to develop new approaches in sustainable mobility. For 2012, the competition will take place from July 4 to 7. Just like last year, Team Cardinals, which, this year, is composed of Aguila and Haribon groups, will battle it out in the prototype and urban concept categories of the competition.

    Team Aguila is fighting in the prototype category. The group is composed of team leader Eugene Santos, team manager Porfirio Belgica III, chief mechanic Jim Guibani, safety officer Tae Woo Kang, designer Gerald Alzaga, driver Marc Magbitang, driver Patrick Evangelista, apprentice Jonas Buela, apprentice Kelvin Lado, and apprentice Bren Seminiano.

    Team Haribon, on the other hand, will compete in the urban concept category. The group comprised team leader Jerick Apetrior, team manager Justin Villegas, chief mechanic Rafael Tamse, safety officer Carlo Gruspe, chief electronic Mark Recuelo, designer Ian Cruz, driver Adrian Pasion, driver Jerik Atienza, apprentice Mark Bolo, apprentice Justin Bitanga, and apprentice Jose Diwa II.

    This is the third time that the Institute is participating in the challenge. In 2010, Mapúa’s Team Atalanta was one of the three teams from the Philippines that joined the first Shell Eco-marathon Asia. The group’s entry was called “Agimat” and it competed in the prototype category. It brought pride not just to Mapúa but the whole country as well after receiving the 1st runner-up Safety Award. The team also ranked 9th among the 47 participants in the Internal Combustion Engine – Gasoline Category, with a track run of 241 km/L.

    In 2011, Mapúa’s Amihan and Habagat teams competed in two categories. In the prototype category, Amihan received the 1st runner-up Safety Off-Track Award. It also ranked 18th in the overall competition and first among the Philippine teams in the same category.

    Habagat, on the other hand, competed in the urban concept category.

    For more information about Team Cardinals, click here.

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