Girton Grammar School’s ‘Xception’ is the first team to take Line Honours at the RACV Energy Breakthrough in a vehicle WITHOUT pedals. All of the team’s power was completely generated by solar panels the school set-up behind their pits, too which is truly representative of an ‘energy breakthrough’.
Their electric single-source-vehicle is the culmination of lessons learnt at previous Trial attempts and their missions to the Shell Eco Marathon. This is also now the third year in a row that motor power has overcome pedal power on the RACV Track, which is every year since the two groups have been re-joined together.
The Girton team of Samuel Martin, Connor McCaig, Harrison Morley, Benjamin Pignataro, Robert Wood and Montague Velthuis have continued their past stellar form in the EEV category and did it all with little fuss and very few dramas with the track marshals, too.
Above: Girton Grammar School’s Xception, in front of it’s solar array.
We caught up with Team Manager, Robin Kirby, to hear how he and this dedicated group of students pulled off this feat:
RACVEB: Congratulations to your team, what a stellar effort! What’s under the hood of Xception?
RACVEB: How did you out run the entire field in ever-changing weather conditions?
RACVEB: Did you have any dramas during the Trial?
RACVEB : Your method of charging your batteries through solar power is awesome and really epitomises the spirit of the Energy Breakthrough. Can you tell us how it worked?
RACVEB : How much energy did the vehicle use during the Trial?
The short – yet remarkable – history of Girton Grammar School’s EEVs at RACV EB
2011 : School’s Debut. 13th in HPV B1 category.
- Completes just 285 laps (381.9km), but scores well in Display (20.9) and Design (21.6) for a total score of 68.43.
- Wins Greenspeed ‘Against the Odds’ Award.
2012: Starts Energy Efficient Vehicles alongside HPV program.
Class: EEV Petrol Only
- Trial: Winner
- Overall Class: Winner