The Perodua Eco-Challenge 2011 continues its quest to seek out new talents among the country’s pool of undergraduates. The final is just around the corner whereat they will pit their capabilities at the final ‘race’ day scheduled to be held at the Melacca International Motorsports Circuit (MIMC), Melacca on 25th June.
The third instalment of Perodua’s Corporate Responsibility initiative kicked start in January this year during which the 13 participating institutions of higher learning were each given a 660 cc 3 cylinder engine an a transmission system.
As part of Perodua’s corporate responsibility programme, the Perodua Eco-Challange 2011 aims to provide a training ground for undergraduates to challenge their engineering skills and to spur the essence of innovation and creativity among local students.
Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh, Perodua Managing Director said, “As a concerned corporate citizen, we shall continue to play our role to provide opportunities for our young adults. Through this Eco-Challange competition, the students’ innate capabilities, spirit of innovation and creativity can be developed, very much in line with the aims of the 10th Malaysia Plan”.
Since the Eco-Challenge 2011 kick-off, Perodua led by Encik Alias Abu Hassan, the project chairman together with Encik Hasrol Hashim, the R&D technical advisor and Perodua colleagues has been visiting the teams, to co-ordinate with the students and their team leaders.
“Through these visits, Perodua will be able to monitor and counsel the teams besides checking on their progress and also any problems encountered along the way,” added Aminar.
The visit saw the institutions presenting their progress and the Perodua team was able to check on whether the teams are complying with the rules and safety regulations. Additional enquiries on technicalities were assisted by the Perodua R&D team while non-technical matters were handled by Perodua’s Corporate Communications’ committee members.
Aminar stressed, “We take into account their participation, presentation, commitment, enthusiasm and teamwork. This ensure that they will come up with exciting, new developments and technology on the engine. We hope to see many new ideas materialising. This will showcase our engineering students’ capabilities.”
During the Eco-Challenge 2011 race, a total of RM 77,000 cash prize will be given for three different categories which are, the longest distance whereby the winning team whose vehicle can go the furthest on 0.5 litre of Petronas Primax 95 will take home the grand prize of RM 20,000 and those with the best engineering feat will receive RM 10,000 followed by the best design and participation being awarded RM 5,000.
This year, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) and R&D team will be joining the Eco-Challange 2011 as a guest team. Among other institutions are; Politeknik Port Dickson, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Universiti Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Spanish Institute, Politeknik Sultan Azlan Shah, Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Univeristi Teknologi MARA, Univerisiti Teknologi Petronas, Universiti Tenaga Nasional, Universiti Industri Selangor and Politeknik Ungku Omar.