ISLAMABAD - Students of the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI), who have manufactured a fuel-efficient car for a competition in Germany, were awarded sponsorship amount by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) project of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday. The team will participate in Shell ECO Marathon, a competition that challenges engineers of the future to design, build and drive a vehicle using the least amount of energy. In 2008, there were more than 330 teams from across the globe competing to develop the worlds most fuel-efficient car. This is the first time that Pakistan has been selected to participate in the competition, which will be held in Lausitz, Germany from May 4-10, 2009. The first-ever such project in the country is sponsored by STEM, a joint venture of HEC and Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Toyota Motors and Shell Pakistan. The eight-member team, led by Khurram Aziz, is participating in the 'Urban Concept a part of the competition, which means that the car would be a scaled down version of the normal cars but it will be road legal. The other team members include Shahbaz Alavi, Salman Javed, Khawaja Umer Riaz, Syed Salik Hussain, Muneeb Tariq, Fawad Ahmad and M Haseeb Ali. The car, manufactured by the students, weighs 130kg approximately and the manufacturing cost is Rs 0.3m. The main features of the car include a low friction streamlined body, extremely low weight, simple and easy to troubleshoot mechanism, low pollution emission, spacious luggage compartment, four separately controlled disc brakes for extra safety points and above all low fuel consumption. Prof Dr Sohail Naqvi, Executive Director, HEC, was the chief guest on the occasion. Dr Shaukat Hameed Khan, Rector, GIKI, Dr Muhammad Aslam, Rector PIEAS, Dr Fazle Khalid, Pro-Rector GIKI, Dr Tehsin Hamid, Pro-Rector PIEAS and Al Hasanat Rasul, Programme Director were also present on the occasion. Dr Naqvi congratulated the team on being the pioneers in the field and appreciated their six-month long effort to make this idea a reality. Your achievement is definitely an excellent model for the engineering students throughout Pakistan, he said.