Category Archive: Updates

Jul 31

FSGP Results

Howdy solar aficionados, It’s been a great week down here in Austin at the Formula Sun Grand Prix. After three days of scrutineering and three days of track racing, we’ve all grown individually and collectively as a team. We made steady progress Thursday morning, but with track temperatures approaching 120 degrees, we prioritized preserving our equipment, sending …

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Jul 30

Day 1 of Racing

Howdy solar supporters! Wednesday was a great first day of racing. Tamara started the day in 7th position and quickly moved up to 1st place. After a fast pit stop to check tire pressure on lap 18, Tamara went back out for another 11 laps. After 29 laps total, Tamara came into the pit where …

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Jul 28

All Green to Go

Howdy solar enthusiasts! Today we officially qualified for Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP 2015)! Yesterday, we passed scrutineering stations (mechanical, electrical, BPS, body & sizing, driver, and array) with no problems. We began dynamic testing yesterday afternoon with 3 drivers needing to pass. I did the U-turn and the figure-8, then attempted slalom but did …

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Jul 23

Texas, Here We Come!

Hello, solar car enthusiasts! In two days, we will begin our drive down to Austin, TX for the 2015 Formula Sun Grand Prix at the COTA Formula One track. We will be racing our car Ra 7s, as our current car Ra 9 is soon on its way to Australia for the World Solar Challenge. …

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Jan 18

Final Day!

Hey solar enthusiasts! Unfortunately I was not allowed to sleep outside the tent, so I didn’t have a sand experience…but we had a very elaborate banquet at Shams last night complete with a full goat, fish, lamb, rice, bread and so much more. It was the longest buffet line I have ever seen! This morning …

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Jan 17

Time to Hit the Road

Hello solar enthusiasts! Yesterday was day one of the road race. The race began at 8am with Ra 9 in 5th position. The route took us from Yas Marina Circuit through Abu Dhabi along the Corniche beach, out to UAE University in Al Ain for a checkpoint, and then back to Masdar City. We missed …

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Jan 15

Perfectly on Track

Hey solar enthusiasts! Yesterday we spent the day preparing for the four race days we have ahead – lots of logistics, planning, and packing and a little work on the car too! We didn’t have any major things to do, just alignment, mechanical, and electrical checks. This morning was the track qualifier. In order to …

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Jan 13

All Systems Green

Hello wonderful supporters, Today was a wonderful day for Ra 9 and the Principia Solar Car team!!! We successfully completed all stages of scrutineering and were the second team of fifteen to finish! ISU beat us to the punch…but we’ll get them back in the track race on Thursday. 😉 To quote the movie Gladiator, …

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Jan 13

Day One Scrutineering

Hey solar enthusiasts! Great news from the first day of scrutineering! In the first day we were able to successfully pass (grade of green) the Mechanical, Electrical, Array, Driver, and Dynamic tests. BPS was given a grade of yellow because our battery temperature checks were a little off, so the electrical team needed to make …

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Jan 11

A Day in Dubai

Hey solar enthusiasts! Today’s update will cover yesterday as well. We had a late night yesterday coming back from Dubai at 2am… Yesterday morning we continued our work on the car. Mechanical tested the fairings successfully and completed a turn radius test. Electrical rerouted and tidied up the wiring panel and then we prepared the …

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