Category Archive: Updates

Jul 26

Not in Kansas Anymore

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Day 5 of the American Solar Challenge featured the shortest stage of the competition yet—a 257 mile, one day journey from Overland Park, KS to Omaha, NE. The conditions were favorable for a strong performance, with mostly sunny skies and a comfortable reserve of energy in the battery. At 9:03 am, Ra …

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Jul 26

Clockwork

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Day 4 of the American Solar Challenge began in Augusta, Kansas and would end in Overland Park at the Stage 2 finish line. The 220-mile trip was perhaps the most routine in Ra 9’s racing experience so far, with no real interruptions and little variation in the route. The team passed Iowa …

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Jul 26

Here Comes the Sun

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, In Day 2 of the American Solar Challenge, Ra 9 and her crew travelled from Bowie, TX, our Day 1 stopping point, to Norman, OK and the end of Stage 1. Unfortunately, an early missed turn allowed Iowa State to pass Ra 9 and move into 3rd place. The day continued in …

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Jul 22

No Looking Back

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Today was the big day, Day 1 of the American Solar Challenge! After lining up with the other participants for a quick team photo, the Ra 9 team took its starting position near the back of the pack. Soon, the cars departed in staggered starts, speeding away onto the official race route. …

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Jul 20

Glorify

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Our final day at the Circuit of the Americas was unforgettable. Shortly after our morning wakeup, the team received a call announcing that there had been an electrical fire in the bay next to ours and the car had been soaked by emergency sprinklers. Within moments, everyone was dressed and out the …

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Jul 19

A Day at the Races

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, After four days of hard work and some all-too-literally sleepless nights, the Ra 9 team finally got the car on the track and in the Formula Sun Grand Prix for its premier race appearance. Although the crew was not able to mount working fairings onto the vehicle before starting, they were nonetheless …

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Jul 19

Scrutineering “Brake”-Through

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Day 4 at Circuit of the Americas involved a lot of intensive testing for Ra9 and her crew. Due to unsuccessful performances in the braking test component of dynamic scrutineering the previous day, the team decided to implement a significant design change. The battery pack, which was initially secured in the back …

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Jul 17

Egress to Impress

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, Day three of scrutineering proved to be an exciting day for Ra 9 and her crew. After some early morning adjustments, the team was able to change the car’s mechanical status from red to yellow. Next, students prepared the vehicle for body & sizing scrutineering, followed by egress practice for the drivers. …

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Jul 16

The Start of a Journey

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, This past week has been one of our busiest! In the week leading up to our departure to Austin, team members were up at all hours packing and arranging logistics for the next three weeks. The first group left early Saturday morning and arrived in Austin that evening. They attended the First …

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Jul 02

Two Weeks until Race Time!

Dear Solar Enthusiasts, The past couple of weeks have been different than most. Rather than having constant manual work, many projects have been sent out to different manufacturers to be either machined or welded. These projects have consisted mainly of the frame and suspension components: all vital parts of the car. While the team has …

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