A group of Alfaisal University's engineering students; "Team Alfaisal" was awarded with Perseverance and Spirit of the Event Award in the Shell Eco-marathon Challenge held in Manila in February 2015, due to their outstanding performance in staying in high spirits, overcoming great obstacles, supporting others and showing outstanding endurance, resolve and resourcefulness.
Students from the faculty of Engineering joined national and international universities in building ultra-fuel-efficient vehicles. Team Alfaisal consisted of nine highly motivated students and a faculty member, with diverse nationalities. This was the first time that Saudi Universities competed in the Shell Eco-marathon. Teams from two other national universities also took part: KSU and KFUPM.
Students researched, designed and built their own ECO Vehicle. The process included computer aided design, simulation, laser cutting and creating a fiberglass body panel. The students thus gained knowledge and skills to design, develop and manufacture. Team Alfaisal named the vehicle "Faith". After the words of HM Late King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, ''The education of our youth should rest on three foundations: Faith, Knowledge and Performance.''.
Despite the delay in receiving their car onsite in Manila, Team Alfaisal showed great endurance, remained positive and choose to move forward and prepare whatever they could while waiting. Judges found them a step ahead when it came to sharing their material and resources with neighboring teams. The team, for example, donated their spare engine to a competing Philippine team whose engine suddenly broke. Judges said "Alfaisal had demonstrated that the event is not about winning, instead reaching a common goal – driving innovation to achieve sustainable mobility.".
Abdulmohsin Albabtain, driver and team leader, said, "It's not all about the competition, but shared knowledge as well. Several teams came to help us as we experienced problems with our car. It was all for one and one for all.".
Dr. Nidal Nasser, Dean of College of Engineering, said, "In this project, the Team Alfaisal students made a plan, one that involved many hours of hard work and innovation. Over the past months and during the event, the students demonstrated patience and persistence in seeing that plan through. They did their best to make it to the track. I am very proud of the team spirit even in difficult situations. Their participation was a winner for the whole Alfaisal University family. It was a work well done.".
Alfaisal University is looking forward to competing annually in the Shell Eco-marathon Challenge.