Though a virtual unknown to many, Team Lahutay had already brought home quite the bacon last year. They placed third in their category in the Asian leg of this same competition. Finishing only behind powerhouse countries China and Japan.
When asked about their chances in the Philippine stage, team manager Kerstein Kylle Despi said that they are confident of bringing home the top prize in this competition which challenges students to design, fabricate, and drive the most fuel-efficient vehicles in the country.
“Yes, we will (win). We don’t think that we will be losing,” confidently said Despi. Teammate Spencer Ling, team adviser Edwin Carcasona, and Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering chair Ronald Galindo joined Despi during the press launch. Held earlier this week at the Café George in Banilad.
Also joining them was Steve Gingco, general manager of Isuzu Cebu, a major sponsor of the squad.
Despi narrated that the team started five years ago during the 2012 Shell Eco-Marathon. Since then, they have developed four different vehicles. The fourth one finally breaking through last year. It recorded a mileage of 105.8 kilometers for a single liter of fuel.
This year the team will be joining the Prototype-Internal Combustion Engine with Diesel fuel type category. They are looking forward to recording a mileage of over 150 kilometers in this category. Especially with the various improvements, they have made to the vehicle.
“We made the vehicle lighter. We also looked at the materials and the problems that we encountered before,” Despi said narrating an incident in last year’s competition when their vehicle flat out stopped due to excessive vibrations in the engine’s compartment.
“This year, we have made sure that it is properly tensioned and dampened.”
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Jonas Rey N. Panerio
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