UNIVERSITI Selangor (Unisel) outlasted the rest of the field to emerge victorious at the Perodua Eco-Challenge (PEC) 2012 held at the Malacca International Motorsport track (MIMC) in Ayer Keroh recently.
PETALING JAYA: Team Unisel-Eco machine recorded a distance of 21.88km on a half litre of Petronas RON 95 petrol to beat defending champions Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO), 18.77km and Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), 15.80km in the longest distance category.
Unisel also finished second in the 'Time Attack' category and third in the 'Marketing Challenge' to bring home RM18,000 cash.
Unisel-Eco driver Mohd Fitri Daud, a mechanical engineering student at Unisel, said spot-on driving strategies had brought his team victory.
"We often forget that driving style affects fuel consumption, besides the engine of a vehicle itself," said Mohd Fitri.
"I just avoided heavy braking, especially when turning and made sure I took the shortest turning line. I can say that our driving strategy was among the key factors for our victory."
The competition theme "Less fuel, less pollution for the nature" challenged the students to be creative and innovative in producing environmentally friendly and fuel efficient vehicles.
Besides Unisel, 13 other higher learning institutions took part in the competition which saw organisers Perodua offering a total RM103,000 in cash prizes for five categories -- longest distance, design and engineering, time attack, marketing challenge and overall champion.
Unisel team manager Prof Madya Muhidin Arifin said he was delighted that all the hard work the team had put in prior to the race had paid off.
"Our victory was not just based on the engineering aspect of our vehicle as our planning on the technique and race strategy gave us an edge in the competition," said Muhidin.
"We finally reached our target this year after three years competing in the PEC. All of our research and development bore fruit and I'm delighted with our second place finish in the overall title chase this year as it proves that we are on the right track."
Muhidin added the overall title will be their target next year and the team will continue to improve their vehicle.
RESULTS -- Longest Distance: 1 Universiti Selangor, 2 Politeknik Ungku Omar, 3 Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
Time Attack: 1 Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 2 Universiri Selangor, 3 Politeknik Port Dickson.
Engineering & Design: 1 Politeknik Ungku Omar, 2 Universiti Teknologi Mara, 3 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.
Marketing Challenge: 1 Universiti Tenaga Nasional, 2 Universiti Teknologi Mara, 3 Universiri Selangor (Unisel).
Overall: 1 Politeknik Ungku Omar, 2 Universiti Selangor, 3 Politeknik Port Disckson.