Team Incharge steers into top five finish
A secondary school team from regional Victoria has just returned from competing in the Shell Eco-marathon at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia with a great result.
Australia’s entrant in the 2019 Shell Eco-marathon Asia, Team Incharge from Girton Grammar School in Bendigo, have glided their way into 5th position, bettering their result from last year.
Shell Eco-marathon is one of the world’s leading competitions for students aiming to push the boundaries of what is technically possible in energy-efficient mobility.
The Shell Eco-marathon has different categories in which teams can compete: urban concept vehicles or prototypes. They can be propelled by battery-electric motor, hydrogen fuel cell, or combustion engines running on either petrol, diesel or ethanol.
The Girton Grammar team, drawn from students in Years 10 to 12, were competing in the battery-electric car category in a field of 22 teams from universities across the Asia-Pacific region.
The students designed and built a three-wheel prototype called ‘Incharge’. Its rear wheel is driven by a motor that draws current from a lithium battery and puts out the equivalent of a fifth of a horsepower. The students have coded the car’s blackbox brain to maximise range and minimise energy use.
Shell Australia’s ambassador for the Eco-marathon, robotics entrepreneur Marita Cheng, helps to tell Team Incharge’s story in this short video.
The Shell Eco-marathon mileage challenge is not a race.
Rather, the idea is to cover a 12-kilometre course at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit in 25 minutes while using the least amount of energy.
Team Incharge’s energy efficiency score improved by almost 17 per cent on last year’s attempt: achieving 284 kilometres per kilowatt hour, up from 243 km/kWh in 2018 − an outstanding result.
Their efficiency score secured them 5th position, up one ranking from their 6th placing last year.
Support for Team Incharge is one of the investments Shell Australia is making to promote science in schools to equip young people for the jobs of the future.
Shell wants the students of today to become tomorrow’s leaders who are confident in finding solutions to global challenges, including developing more and cleaner energy.
Globally, the event draws more than 6000 students, mainly university level, in 700 teams from more than 50 countries.
Executing some fine-tuning on the vehicle
The team wheels the car onto the track
Team Incharge hit the track
Ready to race