Surabaya Institute of Technology's Antasena team in London.(Photo courtesy of Shell Indonesia)

Indonesian Students Win Selection to Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship in London


JULY 03, 2019

Jakarta. A team from the Surabaya Institute of Technology has won selection to represent Asia in the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers' World Championship in London on June 29-July 5.

The Shell Eco-marathon challenges young engineers from around the world to design, build and drive energy-efficient vehicles.

The Indonesian team finished as runners-up in the 2019 Shell Eco-Marathon Asia, held in Malaysia, to earn its place in the world final.

The team, officially called Antasena, comprises 25 students from different engineering majors at the university, including metallurgy, machine engineering and chemical engineering.

The name Antasena comes from a powerful wayang superhero who has the ability to fly. 

The team beat more than 100 teams from Asia-Pacific and the Middle East to become the first team from Indonesia to make it to the world final of the competition.

Team Antasena broke a speed record with its ultra-efficient vehicle that fairly flew off at 90 km/m3, much faster than the previous record holder's 46 km/m3.

They won the Off-Track Hydrogen Newcomer Award for the record.

The team's general manager Ghalib Abyan said he is more than confident the students could do more than compete in the world final in London.

"We also sent teams to the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia in 2012 and 2014. We finally made it to the final in 2019. We've got the experience already, especially in the use of alternative energy source,” he said.

In the previous competitions, Indonesia relied on internal combustion and electric engines since hydrogen energy is still scarcely available in Asia.

"We are proud that Shell Eco-marathon Asia in the past 10 years has been able to discover young talented innovators from all over the region," Shell Indonesia president director Darwin Silalahi said in a statement on Tuesday.

He said the success of the Antasena team is proof that young Indonesian engineers have great potentials in automotive innovation and technology.

The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry director general Ismunandar said the Indonesian students should take every opportunity in the Drivers' World Championship to show off their wares.

"These students are a shining example of Indonesia's tough, innovative and globally competitive human resources," he said. 

Shell Eco-Marathon is one of the biggest and most prestigious competitions of its kind. Student participants receive professional lessons all throughout the competition, where they are challenged to build a low-energy car from zero.