Brilliant sunshine drew a record crowd to the four-day event in Maryborough to see the 337 teams taking part across a number of elements. Teams are required to complete a presentation to judges, scrutineering of vehicles by RACV engineers and track races with the highlight a 24-hour endurance trial.
The event, Australia’s “Green Grand Prix”, is celebrating it’s 20th year as the premier science, technology and environment event. It was created in 1991 to spark student interest in sustainable transport, science and technology by offering a hands-on experience.
Competitors included students from Norway and Italy and a contingent from Canada who undertook marshalling duties.
Event Schools Co-ordinator John Stafford said the event just kept getting better and better every year.
“Energy Breakthrough began 20 years ago with just 26 teams and now we have more than 330 teams passionate about taking part and raring to go every year,” said Mr Stafford.
This year has been memorable for all participants with perfect weather conditions delivering ideal conditions after last year’s event was cut short due to storms.
“This event is all about teamwork through all aspects of the race and we continue to see teams exceed our expectations with the work they put in and what they are able to achieve.”
RACV Event Co-ordinator Ernest Litera said the conditions had resulted in teams setting a scorching pace on the track.
“We’ve seen some great action on the track from the teams and once again they have raised the bar in terms of quality of design and construction,” said Mr Litera.
“This anniversary year of the event has really been one of the best we’ve had. The enthusiasm and team work from the schools involved and the support of the spectators urging them on from the sidelines was fantastic.”
For class winners and placings, visit our Results page.
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