Two Eco Cars developed by students from the Gokongwei College of Engineering (GCOE) were unveiled today, at the 5th floor of Henry Sy, Sr. Hall.
The two cars – DLSU Archer, an electric car, and DLSU100 mk 3, a gasoline car – will be fielded in the Shell Eco Marathon Asia in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 3-7, 2013.
The cars were developed by a team composed of forty students, a mix of new and old members led by Fernan Bautista (V, MEE) and John Lato (V, MEM). This is DLSU’s third year of entry into the competition.
Both cars will be entered in the Urban Concept category of the competition. Lato explains, “If you see our previous cars, they look like submarines… which we entered in the prototype category. This time, we made the cars with a more urban concept which look more like actual cars.”
Teams from seven other schools in the Philippines, including the Mapua Institute of Technology, University of Santo Tomas, and Don Bosco Technical College, will be flying to Malaysia alongside the DLSU team.
The Shell Eco Marathon is an annual competition with Asian, European, and American legs, where students are challenged to design and build fuel-efficient vehicles. Last year, the DLSU team was awarded the Technical Innovation Award, and their car, the DLSU100 mk 2, set a new Philippine record in its category.