A team of students from a university in southern Vietnam have qualified for the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship (DWC) Grand Final, a fuel-efficient car race to be held in Europe this July.
The team, LH-EST, consists of five students from Lac Hong University in Bien Hoa, the capital city of the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Nai.
They are one of three teams from Asia to earn a spot in the competition.
Shell Eco-marathon DWC is a unique global program that challenges science, technology, engineering, and math students to design and build ultra-energy-efficient cars to compete in a race using just the equivalent of 1 kWh of energy or one liter of fuel.
The qualifiers for the London race were chosen from the top three teams who had competed in regional DWC races in Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
|LH-EST’s vehicle (white) races on the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019’s track in Malaysia. Photo: Toai Nhi / Tuoi Tre|
LH-EST earned their spot in the London race for finishing third at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 in Malaysia on May 2.
Sharing about their achievement with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, LH-EST supervisor Le Hoang Anh said the team nearly burst into tears after crossing the finish line in the Malaysia competition.
This is the first time LH-EST has gone this far at a regional DWC contest.
They have lost the three previous events organized in the Philippines and Singapore.
In preparation for the London race, “LH-EST will fix errors pointed out by the Shell Eco-marathon organizers, as well as minimize their vehicle’s weight for better performance against opponents from Europe and the Americas,” Anh told Tuoi Tre.
|LH-EST members next to their vehicle at the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 in Malaysia. Photo: Toai Nhi / Tuoi Tre|
|LH-EST’s vehicle is tested by the Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2019 organizers in Malaysia. Photo: Toai Nhi / Tuoi Tre|