Three wheels makes number 1 for the Territory

Centralian Senior College is the first Territory school to ever field a team in the RACV Energy Breakthrough, an opportunity to trial in a 24-hour endurance challenge a student designed and built vehicle or machine that constitutes an ‘energy breakthrough’.

In building the human-powered recumbent trike the college’s Clontarf Academy is combining the event with technology learning.

The annual trial — slated for 24 to 26 November at Maryborough in Victoria — will be attended by a team of 12 Clontarf students and their environmentally friendly vehicle, dubbed The Outback Cadillac.

The low-slung teardrop-shaped machine was manufactured in three months by the years 10 to 12 team, and although made primarily from bicycle parts, also includes aluminium, carbon fibre, coreflute and polycarbonate.

Four times heavier than a regular bicycle, the three-wheeled invention has the potential to blitz the RACV 1.58km track at a peak speed of 60km/h — efficiency overcoming a weight handicap to illustrate an energy breakthrough.

The constitution of the sophisticated trike, and the resolve of the drivers and support crew, will be tested as the team strives to achieve the greatest distance during 24 hours.

Last updated: 15 November 2017