The Shell Eco-Marathon (SEM) is a trail-blazing educational project for engineering students – unique in concept and rich in hands on experience. It integrates practical development and a competitive challenge with the values behind sustainable development, respect for a diversity of individuals, energy control and environmental protection.
The rules are simple – build a machine which uses the least fuel possible while averaging more than 15mph around a circuit. Beyond engine efficiency, there are many related design considerations which influence the final fuel economy returned, such as aerodynamics, rolling resistance and driving techniques to achieve the highest.
Team PNEC, from NUST-PNEC, has come a long way, from being a group of undergraduate engineering students to a strong conglomerate of automotive minds, raring to take on challenges. Team PNEC holds many achievements to its credit. In year 2012, its Urban Concept Car was the only Pakistani car that was selected for the official Flag-off Ceremony. The car was ranked 10th in its fuel category in Asia. The team stood second for the Communications Award and was the only team which was nominated for all the Off-Track Awards.
While the difficulty of the task is undeniable and engineering the best vehicle that meets all the specified requirements is an arduous task, one that will require a lot of work and effort, the ability of the team members to come up with best possible design and present the best project is undoubted keeping in sight their dedication, enthusiasm and abilities but the dilemma and hurdle facing the team are the financial constraints.
The Shell Eco-Marathon is a competition of international stature that hosts teams from various countries; the stakes are always high with each team turning up with its best possible work. The designing and manufacturing of a fuel efficient car is a costly process and requires a sound investment in the project. All the participating teams make it to the competition by a staunch backing from sponsors and media of their respective countries. Considering the expenses that go into the completion of this project, it is almost practically impossible for the students to reach the final phase of their participation.
So, naturally all the teams require sponsors and financial support from corporate giants to supplement their respective projects. The members of Team PNEC are facing a similar problem; they are in dire need of financial support and have made several call-outs to invite sponsors who could help them in achieving their goals and representing Pakistan on a global platform. The team members also needs support of local print and electronic media, in this regard, to highlight their issue and throw some light on what their aims are.
The Team from Pakistan Navy Engineering College is all geared up to leave a landmark in the history of Pakistan, by giving its best to the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2013. The innovative ideas and endless potentials of its members will make them achieve their objectives and for that purpose, they need your immense support in converting their dreams into a reality.
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