The Bendigo secondary school’s Team Incharge is competing in the Shell Eco-marathon mileage challenge in May in a three-wheeled battery-electric vehicle they have designed and built.
“You can’t underestimate your competition,” says Team Incharge’s manager and technical mentor, Robin Kirby, a former Australian motorsport champion, who now works at the school. “But I’d like to think a ‘top three’ finish is achievable.”
The team is making final preparations for its fourth tilt at the podium, backed by Shell Australia’s support.
They hope to build on their outstanding achievement from last year’s event, where the school team finished sixth out of 16 category entrants; the other 15 teams represented universities from around the Asia Pacific region.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s leading energy-efficiency competitions for students aiming to push the boundaries of what is technically possible.
It aims to inspire young people to become leading scientists and engineers of the future. Globally, the event draws more than 6000 students, mainly university level, in 700 teams from more than 50 countries.
While some energy challenges focus on a single technology, Shell Eco-marathon offers a choice of vehicle categories to compete for ultimate energy efficiency.