New Year, New Team Updates!

Drumroll… We have officially begun fabrication!

As of today, we are officially one week into fabrication! Over the past week, we were fortunate to be able to use the work space provided by Niagara Pattern to assemble the plug layout for our top aerobody. Our plug pattern consists of stacked MDF sheets supported by a plywood base, both were generously donated by Weston Premium Woods.

During this process, we were reminded again what a tremendously difficult task it is to complete a solar vehicle as we encountered numerous problems with material acquisition, faulty tolerances and logistics. We truly developed an appreciation for the manufacturing limitations on design as well as the power of meticulous planning.

And now let’s end with this photo to lighten up the mood.

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Wheel Fairings & Unveiling

Currently, the team has finished the front fairing for the wheels and is working on the back tires. Amergy Tool and Mould, a long-term sponsor of Blue Sky Solar Racing, has generously continued to sponsor the mould for the wheel fairings.

So… what is fairing?

Fairing is an external structure that wraps around the object to reduce drag. It is a shield that wraps around the tires to direct the airflow allowing the car to move swiftly and smoothly

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What is it made of?

Like most of the components of the Solar Car, the fairings are made from carbon fiber – a material consisting of fibers composed mainly of carbon; the carbon atoms are bonded together in a crystal structure to create its strength.

The team will be finishing the racecar within the next couple weeks and will start testing it in June! Don’t forget to mark your calendar on June 28th, 2013, we will be having the BIG unveiling ceremony! This is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on!

 

Wheel Fairings & Unveiling

Currently, the team has finished the front fairing for the wheels and is working on the back tires. Amergy Tool and Mould, a long-term sponsor of Blue Sky Solar Racing, has generously continued to sponsor the mould for the wheel fairings.
So… what is fairing?
Fairing is an external structure that wraps around the object to reduce drag. It is a shield that wraps around the tires to direct the airflow allowing the car to move swiftly and smoothly
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What is it made of?
Like most of the components of the Solar Car, the fairings are made from carbon fiber – a material consisting of fibers composed mainly of carbon; the carbon atoms are bonded together in a crystal structure to create its strength.
The team will be finishing the racecar within the next couple weeks and will start testing it in June! Don’t forget to mark your calendar on June 28th, 2013, we will be having the BIG unveiling ceremony! This is something you wouldn’t want to miss out on!