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Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Mon, 04 Oct 2010, 03:43
by roddilkes
So it is on again this year folks.
October 23rd. Midland.

River Raiders are in the open class again.
I hope we can see some glory ;)

Once again congrats to Alec Barbour and the team for continuing what is presently WAs only EV motorsport event. It is aimed at school kids but some of us just didn't grow up yet.

http://evchallenge.swantafe.wa.edu.au/

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Tue, 05 Oct 2010, 02:31
by Thalass
Damnit, i'm working that weekend. 2pm start, though. Perhaps i could stop by on the way.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Thu, 07 Oct 2010, 19:16
by Clay
We'll have some competition in class C then! You planning on coming to the practice day Rod?

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Fri, 08 Oct 2010, 15:14
by Catavolt
We need an event like this on the East coast.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Wed, 27 Oct 2010, 18:04
by Catavolt
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/10/ki ... id=postnav
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The 2010 Polytechnic West EV Challenge is complete, and we’re happy to announce all the vehicles and drivers emerged unscathed after an exciting, if slow, race.

The challenge invites youngsters from schools around Perth, Western Australia, to build electric cars and race them in a 21st century soapbox derby. Occasionally they cause a road hazard or two, as was the case last year when there were a few thrills and spills.

Things went much more smoothly this year, and there were a record number of entrants. “Determined to avoid a repeat of the incident filled event last year, the marshals did an excellent job ensuring the safety of the drivers and spectators,” said River Raiders team member Wayne Prangell.

The winning team, from Shenton College, completed 56 laps of the 1,500-foot circuit in 60 minutes. That was two more laps than last year’s winner. In addition, Prangell’s River Raiders achieving a new 50 second lap record for the course.


If those numbers don’t sound like F1 material, it’s because the EV challenge is a short-term endurance race with cars that are limited to a maximum speed of 19 mph. Teams choose batteries with a capacity of no more than 18Ah for 24 volt batteries and 12 Ah for 36 volt batteries — except for teams that use batteries provided by battery-maker Yuasa.

As was the case last year, the race drew a wide variety of entries and approaches. The cars compete in different classes determined by the age of the student, how much adult assistance they received building the car and what kind of batteries they used. The rules require three drivers to complete 20 minutes of racing each. The teams that complete the most number of laps win.

“While the number of entrants running lithium polymer batteries was on the increase, the event winners drove consistently, avoiding incidents and completing the required two driver changes with precision, winning the event with sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries,” Prangell said.

Photos: Wayne Prangell



Read More http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/10/ki ... z13WLojYqC

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Fri, 29 Oct 2010, 07:00
by Thalass
Awesome. It's a shame i missed it.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Fri, 29 Oct 2010, 21:05
by Richo
Yeah it was quite a good turn out and a nice sunny day for the event.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2011, 06:45
by Clay
2011 race dates now up on the website. A new venue, RAC driving centre near the airport. Race date MONDAY Oct 24th. No new rules that I could see, and all entrants in 1 race on a 1.6km track that is 8m wide. That will be interesting to say the least...

Anyway, hopefully a few more aeva crew will join me and the river raiders boys in the open class this year.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Thu, 10 Mar 2011, 07:18
by Richo
LOL should have the Elektrokahna on the same day (after)
That would be a massive turn out Image

Which car did you have in the race?

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Fri, 11 Mar 2011, 02:15
by Clay
Mine is known as "Angry Beaver II" - I have an infantile sense of humour - and was the all aluminium with unpainted nosecone car. Number 56 in 2009 and I can't remember my number in 2010. Has a canopy, uses a LiPO battery and an Etek. I'll try and find a photo and post it.

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Fri, 11 Mar 2011, 06:03
by Richo
Is this is?

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Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Sat, 12 Mar 2011, 01:36
by Clay
That's the one. Nice photo, haven't seen that on the net anywhere before either. We had a brake calibration issue in '10 that cost us but we think we've got it sorted now. It's the '09 open class winner, and we'll be developing it for this year. Keen on joining Rod, Wayne and myself anyone???

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Mon, 14 Mar 2011, 20:38
by Richo
I have only missed 2 in approx last 10.
1 was too rainy and I was busy the other i was really sick.
So the photo was from my camera!

I'm too fat to drive one of those Image

Polytechnic West eV Challenge

Posted: Tue, 15 Mar 2011, 00:20
by Thalass
I've put it in my calendar, and i'm not working that day! Amazing! haha. I'll bring my kids for EV fun, unless i have my bike converted in which case i'll be selfish and ride :P