Stu­dents fast learn­ers

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

A GROUP of Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dents sped ahead of the com­pe­ti­tion to win an elec­tric ve­hi­cle race.

Year 11 en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents Fraser Pat­ten, Matthew Sarich and Sam Smart took out the ITC Global Perth Elec­tric Ve­hi­cle Chal­lenge, held in Wun­dowie on Oc­to­ber 29.

The team beat other schools as well as or­gan­i­sa­tions such as Syn­ergy and Edith Cowan Univer­sity to claim the award.

Fraser said the process of mak­ing the elec­tric ve­hi­cle started at the be­gin­ning of the year when they were told about the com­pe­ti­tion.

“The school had won the com­pe­ti­tion in the past two years so we looked at how pre­vi­ous stu­dents did it and then used our own idea,” he said.

“Petrol ve­hi­cles are used day to day so it was a very in­ter­est­ing to see how fast elec­tric ve­hi­cles could go.

“Putting the ve­hi­cle to­gether is not as com­pli­cated as you may think, we used a wheel hub motor. We had prac­ti­cal and the­ory lessons each week as we put the ve­hi­cle to­gether.

“We went down to the last minute to fin­ish the ve­hi­cle, the com­pe­ti­tion was on a Satur­day and we only fin­ished it on the Thurs­day,” he said.

“It was an en­durance race that lasted an hour with the win­ner be­ing the team that com­pleted the most laps.

“I drove it first and when I got out, the other guys were dumb­founded and told me I had bro­ken three con­sec­u­tive lap records.

Wes­ley’s sec­ond-fastest car came sec­ond in the se­nior school divi­sion and fifth over­all.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d462416

Wes­ley Col­lege stu­dents Matthew Sarich and Fraser Pat­ten.

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