Ruwais Men’s College’s Without Limits Team Triumphs at Shell Eco-marathon International Competition
The Without Limits team of Engineering students from the Higher Colleges of Technology's Ruwais Men’s College have succeeded beyond their expectations, winning third place in the Shell Eco-marathon international competition, against some of the best universities in the world.
The team of mostly part-time students have been working ceaselessly to perfect their fuel efficient car, designing and redesigning the engine to run as far as it could on as little fuel as possible. They challenged themselves to compete in the Shell Eco-marathon in Manila.
When the Western Region students heard that their colleagues from HCT Abu Dhabi Men’s College had also done well, their joy was complete.
There was much tension back in Ruwais as the results were awaited, then Abdulaziz Al Muhairi, the team leader, sent this jubilant message home:
“Dear all, it is our honor to inform you that we have raised our HCT and UAE flag high in Asia, by scoring the third and fourth places in the Shall Eco-marathon. HCT Ruwais gained third place and Abu Dhabi gained fourth place.”
The Vice Chancellor of the Higher Colleges of Technology, Dr Tayeb Kamali, responded to the message with pride at the achievement of Ruwais Colleges. “Dear Abdulaziz, This is very good news, indeed. Congratulations to you and the team for placing Ruwais colleges on the Shell Eco-Marathon map,” he said.
It was not just the engine design of the car that mattered, the body needed to be light and aerodynamically designed. Ruwais Colleges chose to run their car on diesel, but there was a choice of different fuels; other entries used ethanol, solar power, electricity amongst other fuels. All cars had to try and maintain a speed of 25 kph, whilst running the race. Going fast was not important; it was all about fuel efficiency.
“Our HCT Ruwais Men’s Engineering students have ambition for more and they are going the distance through Learning by Doing. The success of our team in the Shell Eco –marthon, Manila 2014 is one highlight of many to come in the near future. We are proud of each one of them. They make us proud,” said Ghassan Frache, Ruwais Colleges'Chair of Engineering.
Plans are already underway for next year’s car with the hope that they can beat their own best score from this year. These students mean business, watch out for them at next year’s Shell Eco-marathon.
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