Tustin HS wins!
by Ed Hernandez
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:
BSEE, MA Ed.
Tustin High School
Math & Engineering Teacher
Director, T-Tech Academy