The dreaded brake test in technical inspection 8th July, 2018

SEM 2018 part 1: The hardest 99%

The Geec at Shell Eco-marathon Europe 2018: Monday to Friday We started in September 2017 when this Geec team came together. Some members were veterans of several years, and others were new. We inherited the 2017 car and spent the year making it better: brakes, drivetrain, electronics, chassis, body. After 5 years of development, the […]

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 […]