Minnesota high school team wins global, eco-friendly car race

Another Minnesota team finished third.

Two Minnesota teams finished in the top three in a global competition where students build an energy-efficient car, and race them to see whose is the fastest.

St. Thomas Academy's Experimental Vehicle Team (EVT) took first place over the weekend at the Shell Eco-MarathonDrivers' World Championship.

Another team from Minnesota – Knights 3 from Alden-Conger High School in Alden – finished third in the race.

In the final race, St. Thomas Academy had a "commanding lead," but rain stopped the event. The final winner was picked based on results in qualifying rounds – St. Thomas Academy's battery-electric car finished with the fastest time, 2 minutes, 14.33 seconds. A team from France took second with a time of 2:15:18, while Knights 3 finished third with a time of 2:19:94.

With the victory, EVT won a week-long, all-expenses-paid trip to Scuderia Ferrari in Maranello, Italy, later this year.

“I am so proud of the whole team – the boys who were here in London and those back in Minnesota,” EVT Moderator Caroline Little said in a statement. “We wouldn’t have made it this far without their tremendous teamwork, ingenuity and competitive spirit, as well as valuable learning from last year’s Drivers’ World Championship, which influenced the design of this year’s car – and ultimately the outcome of the competition.”

To get to the finals in London, St. Thomas Academy took first place in the regional qualifying round earlier this month, where the team achieved 50.3 miles per kilowatt hour to win the UrbanConcept Battery-Electric Category, a news release said. Knights 3 finished second in that race.

You can watch the finals from this year's race here. And see photos from the race here.

More on the winning car

EVT designed and built a battery-electric car from scratch. This was the first year St. Thomas Academy designed the car using Computer Aided Design (CAD). The team then printed the car on paper-like puzzle pieces and traced those onto foam to make a mold, which was then used to build the final car out of carbon fiber.

Here's a photo of the finished car:

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