Diponegoro University (Undip) has made another glorious achievement. The Undip Antawirya team won 2nd place in the Urban category of Gasoline Internal Combustion Engine class and 1st Place in the Eco Fun Race Category Urban Gasoline Internal Combustion Engine class in the 2021 Energy Saving Car Contest competition (KMHE 2021) at the Gelora Bung Tomo Circuit Surabaya on 15-20 November 2021.

The 2021 KMHE competition is organized by the National Achievement Center (Pupresnas), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Technology (Kemdikbudristek) of the Republic of Indonesia in collaboration with Surabaya State University (Unesa) as the host. The Energy Efficient Car, created by the Antawirya team from the Undip Faculty of Engineering, is supported by PT SKF Indonesia, PT Pertamina Persero, Pertamax Turbo, PT Hutama Karya Infrastruktur, and Bank Jateng.

Vice Chancellor I for Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Budi Setiyono, S.Sos., M.Pol.Admin., Ph.D., expressed his gratitude to the Undip Antawirya team for making Undip proud in the national contest. “This is the best achievement that the Undip Antawirya team has ever obtained during its participation in the KMHE competition since 2013. Thank you for all the support,” said Prof. Budi.

The achievement of the Undip Antawirya team could not be separated from the cooperation and support of all team elements and supervisors. The Undip Antawirya team is chaired by Gusti Andika Ramadanu, and the Undip Antawirya team supervisor is Dr.-Ing. Paryanto.

The Antawirya team previously went through various selection processes, ranging from administrative file selection, vehicle design report selection, to virtual technical inspection selection. “Our team qualified for the top three in that category. We test drive day by day to find maximum efficiency results on our vehicles. And finally, in the offline competition, we won 2nd place in the Urban Gasoline category and 1st place in the Eco Fun Race”, said the supervisor of the Antawirya team, Dr.-Ing. Paryanto.

Through its flagship car, the Gentayu, the Undip Antawirya team managed to carve out their best achievements at KMHE 2021. Dr.-Ing. Paryanto revealed that the Gentayu car is an energy-efficient vehicle as a result of research from the Antawirya team which has a gasoline-fueled engine. “Gentayu uses a modified 125cc engine that has been modified in order to achieve as little fuel consumption as possible but can reach as far as possible,” he explained.

In addition, the body shape of the Gentayu car is made as aerodynamic as possible to get the least drag force possible, so that it will achieve the highest efficiency with the least possible drag.

Furthermore, the Antawirya team is projected to participate in the 2022 KMHE national level competition and the International level competition, Shell Eco Marathon (SEM) 2022.

KMHE 2021 competes in two categories, namely Prototype and Urban concept. This becomes a challenge for the participants to use their own creativity. In the Prototype category, participants are expected to be able to create future vehicles with special designs that maximize efficiency. While in the concept Urban category, participants are required to create a four-wheeled vehicle that looks like a car in general and is suitable for driving on the streets.

A total of 78 teams participated in the early stages of KMHE 2021, then 48 teams managed to qualify for the next stage. In the final stage of KMHE 2021, there are 24 teams, each consisting of 5 core students, 1 supervisor, 1 press student, and support teams from 24 universities throughout Indonesia.

KMHE 2021 is a national level economical car competition which is expected to encourage the nation’s young generation, especially students, to produce automotive technology that is energy efficient and beneficial for the progress of the Indonesian nation and state.