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Electrathon of Tampa Bay (ETO) recently held its ninth and final race day of the 2017-18 season at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa.

Electrathon of Tampa Bay concludes a successful 2017-18 race season

June 25, 2018

Electrathon of Tampa Bay (ETO) recently held its ninth and final race day of the 2017-18 season at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa.

An electrathon is a custom built three-or-four wheeled electric vehicle, somewhat similar in overall appearance to a Go-Kart, designed, built and raced by teams, but powered by an electric motor and batteries.

Students from high schools, colleges and universities, along with enthusiasts from all walks of life, enjoy using the application of academics in a real-life scenario that draws from physics, electronics, computer-assisted design, mechanics, welding, CNC programming and much more. Races are held locally once a month during the school year, and there are races in other states in which teams may choose to participate as well.

The final race was held in conjunction with the 2018 Energy Whiz Olympics at the Florida Solar Energy Center. As always, the FSEC was a great host the entire day. There were 13 cars participating, with five high school division cars, including two entries from Brandon High School and one each from Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School and Simmons Career Center.

Rounding out the field were five Open Division cars (Silver Bullet, Tiger Racing, RYNO, Seminole State College, and Hillsborough Community College), and three Advanced Battery Division vehicles (USF, Tampa Bay Tech Alumni and ProEV) using lithium batteries.

Here are the results from the final day of racing:

High School Division

  • First place, Brandon HS Car 14 with 121 laps
  • Second place, Brooks DeBartolo Car 55 with 87 laps
  • Third place, Brandon HS Car 9 with 76 laps

Open Division

  • First place, Tiger Racing Car 4 with 153 laps
  • Second place, Silver Bullet Racing Car 94 with 149 laps
  • Third place, RYNO Racing Car 13 with 49 laps

Advanced Battery Division

  • First place, Pro EV Car 39 with 171 laps
  • Second place, University of South Florida Car 132 with 121 laps
  • Third place Titan Racing Car 242 with 80 laps

Electrathon of Tampa Bay also held its end of the year awards for the season and honored top performers.

Season Points Winners

High School Division

  • First place, Simmons Career Car 35 with 348 points
  • Second place, Brandon HS Car 14 with 328 points
  • Third place Simmons Career Car 53 with 324 points

Open Division

  • First place Tiger Racing Car 4 with 464 points
  • Second place Silver Bullet Racing Car 94 with 228 points
  • Third place Hillsborough Community College Car 30 with 214 points

Advanced Battery Division

  • First place, University of South Florida Car 132 with 404 points
  • Second place, Pro EV Car 39 with 330 points 
  • Third place, Titan Racing Car 242 with 158 points

Most Laps for the season

  • High School Division: Simmons Career Center Car 53 with 729 laps
  • Advanced Battery Division: University of South Florida Car 132 with 790 laps
  • Open Division: Tiger Racing Car 4 with 1,141 laps

Special Recognition

  • Volunteer of the Year: Aditya Chelikani from USF
  • Executive Board Member of the Year: Brady Weber, a Tampa Bay Tech alumnus
  • Team Sponsor of the Year: Mark Knowlton, Brandon HS team adviser
  • “I Broke Mine” Award went to Dustyn Clark of Brandon HS
  • Fastest Lap per Division
    • High School Division: Mulberry HS Car 38 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 30.774.
    • Open Division: Tiger Racing Car 4 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 30.69 
    • Advanced Battery Division: University of South Florida Car 132 at the HCC Race with a lap time of 26.47

For more information about Electrathon of Tampa Bay and how your school can become involved, visit www.electrathonoftampabay.org, email info@electrathonoftampabay.org, or call 813-748-7344.

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