Tustin HS wins!

by Ed Hernandez
(Tustin HS)

Our Team!

Our Team!

In a grueling 3-day event, students from Tustin High School's T-Tech Motorsports have won 2nd place overall in UC Irvine's Energy Invitational, part of the California Challenge at the Dept. of Energy's Solar Decathlon & Expo.

The school built the car in class using Electric Auto Shop's Racer8 drive system for its winning entry.

After logging nearly 30 miles on the track over three days, T-Tech's #33 electric vehicle was in the lead for most of the competition but was overtaken by UC Irvine's CNG car on the last heat of the event. THS ran a nearly flawless race and nearly took the whole thing!

A 2nd place overall means:

Best finish by a High School Team
Best finish by an electric vehicle (even beating out UC Irvine's electric vehicle)
Equivalent fuel efficiency of nearly 200 miles per gallon (MPGe) using less than $0.80 worth of electricity
But most importantly, after coming in behind Foothill HS twice in a row, THS is finally on top!

For more information on the CA Challenge and UC Irvine's Energy Invitational:



Ed Hernandez
Tustin High School
Math & Engineering Teacher
Director, T-Tech Academy

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Oct 07, 2013
by: AC

It's not easy winning in motorsports. It takes a lot of teamwork, so each member of the team deserves a high-five! That's showing everyone that electrics are a contender!

Oct 07, 2013
Great job, Ed and students!
by: Michael Mack

We have really enjoyed working with you and Tustin HS to help make this happen. You are a pioneer, Ed, and all of your hard work, extra days and weekends is paying off. Congratulations!

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