Battery power

The quality of Central’s Engineering portfolio was once again in evidence at last weekend’s electric car racing bonanza at the RAC Driving Centre at Perth airport.

The annual competition brings 23 competing teams together to fight for the EV Challenge title.  The Challenge requires competitors to complete as many laps as possible in a 1 hour race with a battery pack limited to 432Wh.

The Engineering guys did even better than last year.  Two cars, emblazoned to Marketing’s delight in slick corporate livery, won seven prizes in total and would arguably have won more had they been allowed in other categories.


Car number 11 bagged six prizes:

Overall winner (most laps of any car)

ECU Design and Engineering Award

Perpetual trophy

Best presented vehicle

Class C winners

Yuasa Class winner

This was clearly a car apart from the rest of the competition. Built by nine Mechatronics students under the guidance of lecturer David Castaldini, this brand new vehicle simply left others in its wake.

Central’s second vehicle (Car number 8) also drove off with a third prize trophy in the Class C category.


The level of success is not possible without a great ‘pit crew’ working diligently throughout the year.  So hats off to Central’s Sandeep Ahuja, Paul Langridge, Garth Cruden, Jesse Lang, Peter Evans-Leigh, David Clements and Jeff Smith for all their efforts in getting these silent but speedy cars over the line.

Congratulations to the following students who worked so hard on this success:

Ryan Bentley, Natasha Clift, Brody Dale, Neil Green, Danilo Lazzari

Thomas Mann, Calogero Paparella, Jason Taylor and Michael White.

This competition is one of the longest running grass roots technical competitions in the State and this year’s domination is testament to the calibre of students and staff within Central’s Engineering portfolio.


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