DAMASCUS College students have put the finishing touches on two energy efficient vehicles they spent countless hours building this year.
The college offers a year-long subject for year nines that requires students to build the vehicles in an effort to engage them in energy efficient technologies that may make up the future of transport and manufacturing.
The vehicles will be entered into the RACV Energy Breakthrough challenge in Maryborough starting tomorrow, the 15th year Damascus students have competed.
The competition involves a 24-hour non-stop endurance race where teams gain points for the most laps travelled as well as their demonstrated knowledge of the vehicle and the technology used to make the vehicle.
In total, 27 Damsascus students across a range of year levels have contributed to the construction of the two vehicles, with many using their spare time to help out.
One of the vehicles, known as “Nightrider”, is a lightweight, aerodynamic and fully electric vehicle while the other, called “Sharpie”, is a hybrid, pedal-electric assist and recumbent.
The students, known as the Energy Breakthrough Team, have been involved with even the smallest details of the construction, right down to moulding the carbon fibre body of “Sharpie”.