Building A Solar Car From Scratch
Twelve of us South Plantation High students plan to rebuild a solar car that was taken apart and scrapped roughly three years ago.
The purpose of our project is to rebuild a solar car that was built by previous students. Even though they did a great job, the car was abandoned the year after, taken apart, and scraped. Our goal is to create a more efficient car, with the use of lighter metals, different gearboxes, and belts as well as other innovations. This job will serve as our senior project . Our entire group of twelve members will benefit immensely from this experience, as it will give us crucial experience in mechanical engineering, and prepare us for our futures as engineers. This is our chance to dive into a field of science that is still new to all of us, the creation of cars which function solely through the conversion of sunlight into energy. Once our car is up and running we will compete in the solar car challenge at the Texas Motor Speedway. Our car will compete in the Classical division. We have separate blogs for each team in order to keep our supporters fully aware.
Our mechanical and electrical groups are researching what parts we need, yet will still keep us in the classical division. Any parts higher than the allowed level, will place it in a higher division. We also have three of the five mentors we need to guide us, as they are required for our senior project. We have a professional welder Custom Fabrications, electrical engineer for the City of Hollywood, and a mechanic from Ferrea Racing Components. We are looking for a motorcycle mechanic, to help us with our Transmission.
A good portion of our money will be used to buy light weight Aluminum for the frame. We already have the batteries necessary to run our car, but we may replace our old motor controller, and install a gearbox. The photo voltaic cells are the most expensive parts to buy. As our project develops, I will post updates.
But for more information, please visit our blogs, they are much more specific, and are updated at the beginning and end of the week. Right now we are working on creating a video to better present our project.
Risks and challenges
There are hundreds of parts that need to function to work together properly. We have assigned groups of two people to work on different parts of the car, the crews are design, financing, executive, electrical, and mechanical. What we have to do is plan everything before we build it, to make sure that when our school year is up the car is ready to roll.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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