Hard work, innovation bear fruit

Syazwani Hj Rosli

Politeknik Brunei (PB) represented Brunei Darussalam in the inaugural Virtual Shell Eco-Marathon Asia Off-Track Competition recently.

The education institution received an honourable mention in the Vehicle Design Award in a live virtual ceremony on Shell Eco-Marathon’s Instagram and Twitter accounts on June 3. The ceremony was led by Shell Eco-Marathon Global General Manager Norman Koch and saw Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Driver Charles Leclerc joining the event as special guest.

A launching ceremony of the next Prototype Car named ‘Yakin IV’ an ultra-energy efficient vehicle was held at PB’s lobby area.

Acting Director of PB Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar was the guest of honour. Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) officers, FYFE Borneo Sdn Bhd, Keluarga Tasmera, Head of Departments and Head of Schools of PB were also present. Alias applauded the PB team for continuously working on Yakin IV despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The prototype concept for this year is improved as it is the only team in Brunei to use mostly carbon fibre materials for the vehicle which results in the reduction of weight by six per cent compared to Yakin II (estimated to be around 47kg). The previous Prototype Concept (Yakin III) achieved the record from 84km/kWh to 252km/kWh which ranked eighth out of 22 participants.

ABOVE & BELOW: Assistant Communications team member of Yakin IV Haziqah binti Haji Mohd Jamil speaks during the launching ceremony; and Acting Director of PB Alias bin Haji Abu Bakar in a group photo with PB’s ‘Yakin IV’ team members. PHOTOS: BAHYIAH BAKIR

He hopes that the school will continue to equip and produce innovative, skilful and marketable students in line with Brunei Vision 2035.

Assistant Communications team member of Yakin IV Haziqah binti Haji Mohd Jamil said this year is the most challenging for everyone, the team worked hard on preparation’s for the race but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

She expressed gratitude for receiving the honourable mention for the Vehicle
Design Award. “This is our second year joining the competition and Alhamdulillah, we are happy to contribute ideas and energy. We started from nothing – lack of knowledge, no skills and experiences in automotive fields. Alhamdulillah, we learnt new things and developed new skills,” she added.

The new Yakin IV is a new body design based on extensive simulations and modelling aimed at being more aerodynamic and efficient with safety as the top priority. The new Yakin IV was achieved through the team’s effort and guidance from its supervisor Pengiran Haji Mohd Alauddin bin Pengiran Haji Abdul Momin and Norliza.

Shell Eco-Marathon is a competition for students who are passionate about developing innovative mobility solutions. It challenges students from different courses to work together as a team; those which are mainly from Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering to design, build and drive the world’s most energy-efficient vehicle.