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This is What is left of SK-2, after it was taken apart and discarded
This is What is left of SK-2, after it was taken apart and discarded

            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.

We have mounted the wheels, motor controller, motor, steering wheel, the outback, and batteries.
We have mounted the wheels, motor controller, motor, steering wheel, the outback, and batteries.
closer view of the front end
closer view of the front end
rear view
rear view

 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.

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    Adopt a cell The backers name will be put on a solar cell, and will receive a miniature 3-d printed replica of our finished solar car.

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    Company name listed on T-shirt

    Company name listed on travel banner

    Company name or your name on School Campus Banner

    Appreciation Certificate Name

    Listed on Website

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    4"x 3" Company Logo on Solar Car and Support Trailer

    Company name and Logo on T-shirt

    Logo or icon link to your website

    Your own 2"x 3" banner to be prominently displayed by magnet entrance Appreciation Plaque and Certificate

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    6"x 3" Company Logo on Solar Car and Support Trailer

    6"x 6" logo on home and travel banner

    Your own 4"x 3" banner to be prominently displayed by magnet entrance

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    8"x 3" company Logo on solar car and support trailer

    8"x 8" logo on home and travel banner

    Your own 6"x 3" banner to be prominently displayed by magnet entrance

    One week with the solar car on display at your business

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