A cloudy day

Some of us got up early this morning so we could get the array out and test. We have built a stand that allows us to tilt the array at various angles, so we can always be getting maximum power from the sun. Unfortunately, bad weather has moved in. The …

Ready to Race!

Early Saturday morning we arrived at Motorsports Ranch in Cresson and had our first rayce meeting. Sixteen teams in total are expected to attend and compete over the next two weeks. However, before the racing can begin all the cars have to pass scrutineering, a number of tests to make …

We’re on the road to Texas!

Greetings from Kansas City, Missouri! The team set out this morning from the Northwestern campus this morning after a hectic week of finals and packing. Our convoy of three vans, a truck, and our trailer is spending the night here before continuing onto Cressen, Texas tomorrow. There we will undergo …

We are leaving for Texas in 4 days!

Life is very hectic right now.  We are leaving for texas in 4 days, but first we have to take all our finals and finish all our projects. Scrutineering for The American Solar Challenge begins on June 12th and ends on June 15th.  This is especially tight for us northwestern …

A Wild Weekend

Our preparations for the race are in full swing as we now are less than two weeks away from leaving for Texas and the 2010 North American Solar Challenge. One of the most important recent developments is that the car has been painted! It is now completely white, which not …

This is why we test.

This weekend’s testing was less than ideal.  We were running the car through dynamic testing when we noticed something disconcerting.  The left front suspension was heating up rather severely. Initially I thought that we had blown out the bearings in the hub.  Failed bearings, while not a common problem for …

Testing Underway!

After a brief scare involving the motor last week, sc5 is up and running. We decided it was at last time to take the car out onto the road and test it while getting our new drivers some experience. The day began with a trip to Sugar Grove, Illinois where …

The Brookfield Zoo Green Expo

Monkeys and elephants were not the only animals at The Brookfield Zoo this weekend. The rowdy members of NUsolar courageously stood next to the lions and bears proud to present SC5 at the zoo’s Green Expo this past weekend. The zoo had us put the car in the middle of …

Reminiscing about my two years with the team…

Dear reader, In the simplest of terms, NU Solar Team is composed of undergraduate students that design, build, promote, and rayce solar cars.  (get it? sun ray…). Yet, as I thought about what I wanted to post today, it occurred to me that this summer would be my 3rd time participating …