The race of a lifetime


Congratulations to the Peninsula Grammar HPV team that came a noble 20th place in the overall standings of the 2017 Annual RACV Energy Breakthrough Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Challenge. 

The 12 Year 6 students, including six girls and six boys, spent many months preparing for this event, which has become a much-loved tradition for Peninsula Grammar. 

Held from November 22-25, the Challenge provided an opportunity for students, teachers, parents and local businesses to work together to design and construct a HPV machine and to demonstrate innovation and efficient uses of energy while considering their impact on humans and the environment.  

HPV program co-ordinator Robert Ogle has been running this program at Peninsula Grammar for more than 10 years, and the improvement each year in the competition and vehicles is remarkable. 

“It takes over six months of preparation to run a professional program, and our students certainly developed an extraordinary team spirit, challenging their resilience and grit, while considerably broadening their educational horizons,” Mr Ogle said. “They also get to have a great deal of fun! Undoubtedly this endures as a major highlight of the year.

“Planning for next year has already commenced, and we are looking forward to trying to improve even further in 2018.”

Peninsula Grammar ran a Trisled composite fibreglass, kevlar and carbon fibre vehicle in the race, carrying the name of ‘Mistral’.

“The vehicle we run for the HPV program is second to none. It uses carbon fibre in its structure, meaning we can keep the weight of the vehicle down but also keep it structurally strong.” 

The Peninsula Grammar HPV team finished the gruelling race in an amazing 15th place in a field of 92 vehicles, covering 334 laps or the equivalent of 367.4km. Other elements of the Challenge, such as the presentation, gave them a final placing of 20th overall – a wonderful result.

To find out more about the Year 6 HPV program, part of the Becoming Me years, please contact Peninsula Grammar on 9788 7777 or visit for more information. Peninsula Grammar runs tours every Thursday from 9.30am.


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