Today we had our first ‘real’ work session of the 2013 year (the last two were just introductions and cleaning out the Autobay for inspection). Everybody is jumping right into projects so that we can get the car road-ready before the first snows come. High on our priority list of things we need to get done are fixing one of our broken mounting plates, and finding an integrated parking brake system which will allow us to both stop and park the car with the same break callipers.
In the meantime, say hello to the new NU Solar team for the 2013-2014 year. We’ve got quite a number of new freshmen coming to the team this year. One thing to notice is the large clumping of people named Alex on the left-hand side (there’s five of them)! We don’t know quite how this happened, but it’s going to make for an interesting year.
This past Thursday, the NU Solar Team participated in its first ever Project Pumpkin. We set up a table at the Norris Student center and served up a Halloween-themed STEM activity (and candy, of course) to kids from the greater Evanston area. We gave them pretzels and marshmallows and they built really awesome structures. Check out the photos (and the awesome Iron Man costume)!
We finished cleaning out the shop last Saturday, so tomorrow we can start working seriously on the car.
We are posting live content from the race on our Facebook and Twitter pages, and will continue throughout the race week!
The team arriving and setting up at Circuit of the Americas
We’re en route to Austin, TX for the 2013 Formula Sun Grand Prix right now! Stay tuned for live updates from the race!
Sorry we haven’t been posted updates in a while, but lately we’ve been working on heat-treating and installing our rollcage and suspension components. We should have a rolling chassis very soon!
Rear suspension and rollcage