Energy Efficient Car Contest (KMHE) held at Gadjah Mada University in Prambanan complex into a second day, Thursday (3/11). A total of 59 cars which consists of two types of cars, urban and prototype it in turns to get the opportunity to carry out five times a race. This energy-saving car contest is divided into two categories, urban and protype, each category is further divided into four types of sources of energy, namely electricity, gasoline (petrol), diesel, and ethanol. In this year’s contest, UGM sent three cars namely Semar Urban Gasoline is contested in urban concept category and Semar Prototype and Semar Prototype Diesel Electric in the prototype category.
Other campuses also helped enliven this competition by presenting some modifications to the car they have. One of the cars competing in the prototype category gasoline fuel manifold is car Pitung. As the name implies, the legend of the ground war Betawi is expected by the initiators can win in KMHE. “In accordance with its name which is legendary, we want this car will be able to win,” said Muhammad Akbar Wiguna, students of Mechanical Engineering of the State University of Jakarta.
Akbar along with eight other team members said, Pitung in one first test successfully exceeded 495 kilomerter distance with spent 1 liter of gasoline. According to Akbar, the achievement of energy-saving capability is not maximum Pitung on record ever achieved in the same contest two years ago in Surabaya. “It used to be the first champion because it can reach 646 kilometers per liter,” he recalls.
Teams of gasoline Batavia team, said Akbar, targets that Pitung be exceeded within 800 kilometers per liter at the end of the race later. “We’ve got four more chance to test this car truly energy efficient,” he said.
To assemble Pitung, Akbar said, it takes one year. Dominated by shades of green and black colors, the cost of assembly spent approximately 50 million rupiah. Akbar admitted that one of the challenges in the manufacturing of energy-efficient cars is a component manufacturing. Even so, 80 percent of the components of the car Pitung comes from local ingredients. “80 percent local components, we are working at a local garage and in the garage campus,” he explained.