6th July, 2017

SEM 2017 part 2: out of the comfort zone

Saturday, the second last day of SEM 2017, mid-morning. Niamh had just driven the second of our competition runs, setting a new Geec London best of 241 km/kWh to move up to 21st place. Only the best of our four runs would count in the final score, so we could afford to take some risks […]

21st June, 2017

SEM 2017 part 1: steady and sensible

Our third trip to Shell Eco-marathon Europe felt different from the first two. The Geec 1.0 had been the pathfinder, a rugged machine built to get around the track at all costs. It did a lot better than that, finishing 23rd out of 51 competitors in Rotterdam. The Geec 2.0 was an entirely new car […]

Finishing lap 4 for the last time 6th December, 2016

SEM 2016 day 7: Last chance, and this time we mean it

The story resumes around 8 pm on day 6, Saturday. After a challenging third run was completed without a score improvement, the team debated the next move. New tyres should have made a noticeable improvement, but didn’t. Were the tyres cancelled out just by the current-guzzling hill starts in the lap 2 traffic jam, or […]

4th December, 2016

SEM 2016 Day 6: Optimisation

We woke up on Saturday, day 6, sitting at 19th place of 49 battery-electric prototype competitors on a score of 157 km/kWh. Of those 49, just 20 had completed a successful run. We were happy to be among the select group that had completed 8 gruelling laps, but we intended to be much higher on […]