Politeknik Ungku Omar (PUO) did it again at the Perodua Eco-Challenge 2012 when they won the coveted overall champion for their efforts in achieving the greatest fuel-efficiency. Competing against 12 other institutions of higher learning, PUO was able to score the most points in all four categories – Engineering & Design; Longest Distance and 2 new additional categories, Marketing as well as Time Attack.
PUO was also the winner of the coveted “Longest Distance” category last year, covering 24.07 kms with a half-litre of RON 95 petrol. The Polytechnic also won the “Manual Transmission Long Distance” category of the Perodua Eco-Challenge in 2009 with 23 kms. [Click here to read about the event in 2011].
Since 2009, participants chosen for the Perodua Eco-Challenge have been required to build their own most fuel-efficient car to compete in terms of engineering and design as well as in a long-distance endurance race.
This year, Perodua added 2 new categories which included a dynamic test called “Time Attack” and a marketing category whereby the students must “sell” their product by way of marketing events and a product presentation to a panel of judges which consist of veterans in the field of media and marketing.
“The Perodua Eco-Challenge is one of Perodua’s biggest Corporate Responsibility programmes which aims to bridge the gap between academia and real work life exposure to students of higher learning,” Perodua’s MD, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.
The winner of the longest distance category this year was Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) which covered a total of 21.88 kms, followed by PUO which did 18.77 kms, while Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) was second runner-up with 15.80 kms.
Other Participants included Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Spanish Institute, Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Universiti Teknologi Petronas and Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka.
The incumbent teams had to improve on their race vehicle built using a Viva 660 cc engine and transmission provided by Perodua last year. This year, Perodua provided RM10,000 to each team to modify and improve on their existing race vehicle and RM5,000 for marketing challenge. The total prize money for this year’s race was increased to RM103,000 from RM77,000 last year to cater for the 3 new categories.
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