The Apatte62 Brawijaya (Apatte) Team came in second place in the 2019 Energy-Saving Car Contest (KMHE). The joint Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering team competed for four days (24-28/Sep/2019) at Malang State University (UM).
KMHE itself is an annual competition routinely held by the Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti).
All finalists chosen to enter the competition have passed a tight selection process. Before racing on the track, they must be selected from the vehicle design, monitoring, and manufacturing documents.
This competition consists of two categories, urban and prototype. Each category consists of four groups; Gasoline, Diesel, Ethanol, and Electricity.
In addition, there are several categories contested; Eco Race, Fun Race, Best Team, Best Video, and Best Vehicle Design.
This year KMHE was attended by 80 teams from 45 universities. Race in the Jakarta Street circuit, this competition fights 24 predicates in the main category, and 9 in additional categories.
Team 3 won first place in Prototype Diesel with 381,687 km/L achievement. Team 4 team also won first place in the Urban Ethanol class with achievement of 272,855 km/L. Whereas for Urban Electric, Team 1 was on the third position with 140,286 km/kWh and second place in Eco Race.
“The most important thing in this competition is not how fast the car goes, but how energy efficient the car is,” explained the team’s general manager, Muhammad Yasir.
Vice Dean for Student Affairs in the Faculty of Engineering UB, Dr.Eng. Ir. Denny Widhiyanuriyawan, ST., MT stated that this year’s urban ethanol performance has increased dramatically. Last year they only managed to occupy the fourth position of five participants, but this year they won 1st place.
Denny hopes that the achievements that have been made can be an evaluation to increase the innovation of energy-efficient cars that are faster and more efficient.
“We are currently preparing for the next event, which is the Shell Eco-Marathon Asia 2020 Malaysia in May,” said this Pukyong National University Busan alumni. (mic)