ASME Electrathon Team Wins First Race of the Season

TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 8, 2009) -- USF Honors & Computer Science student John Camacho successfully raced the USF student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) electrathon vehicle to a first place overall win.


An electrathon is a three- or four-wheeled electric vehicle, somewhat similar in overall appearance to a Go-Kart, but powered by an electric motor and batteries. Students race the vehicles to determine which car can travel the furthest distance in 60 minutes within the limitations of battery weight and other factors.


The relatively low cost of the electrathon racing has made the sport a popular activity for students world-wide. While building and racing the vehicles, students learn skills related to design, problem-solving, teamwork, math, physics and electricity.


USF’s ASME car completed a total of 179 laps during the two one-hour races. The car was completely designed, tested, built, and raced by USF Engineering students and runs off of two 12 Volt Optima batteries weighing just 67 pounds.


Ten other teams, including Middleton, Brandon, Tampa Bay Tech, USF Alumni and others participated in the competition on Saturday, Dec. 5 at Brandon High School. The next race will be held on USF’s Tampa campus during the USF Engineering EXPO event on Feb. 20, 2010.


The USF Electrathon team meets every week in the Research Park, room 114. For more information, or to join the team, email Electrathon, or visit the USF Electrathon Web site.