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Electrical vehicle challenge

  • Winner of the first ever Credo EV race Nico O'Reilly zoomed past fans during the one-hour endurance race. Photo by Robert Grant

By: Irene Hilsendager
March 13, 2020

Dr. Julius Shaw, a teacher at Credo High School, was ecstatic to see three electric vehicles circling the parking lot at Credo High last Sat.

Three young men, Dylan Anacleto-Block, Jonathan Fleishman and Nico O’Reilly, dressed in full racing gear, took to the test track in style. The team of pre-engineering students built the cars from ground up at the Credo shop.

Two of the chassis from the late 80s and early 90s were purchased at an auction from Cal Poly., who had previously been in a challenged race. The pods were completely stripped, and the team built everything from the ground up such as wheels, brakes, steering apparatus and used a 15-pound lithium battery for an endurance and speed run.

Twenty-two students worked on it as a team building project for 12 weeks. They used scraps and some items that had been donated without any plans and came up with a very creative pod.

Nico O’Reilly was the winner with doing 80 laps at an average of 40 miles per hour; Dylan did 63 laps at an average of 31.5 mph and Jonathan did 58 laps at an average of 29 mph. Johnathon’s vehicle was designed more on a three wheeled bike however the driving and turns of all three students was very impressive.

The Credo Robotics team will be traveling to San Francisco March 18-19 to compete in the robotic challenge.