In August, our 9th generation solar car was finally unveiled. Polaris will be our team’s race vehicle, representing Canada in the 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Polaris is the fastest, lightest, and most efficient solar car in the team’s history, and has shown promising performances in testing.
Polaris features an asymmetrical catamaran design, which was first used by the team in Horizon. While the overall shape of the car is similar, Polaris boasts some exciting new features, such as a fully thermoformed poly-carbonate canopy, a composite roll cage, and a new DC brushless motor. Polaris is also significantly smaller, as the regulations for the 2017 BWSC allow 4m2 of panels as opposed to 6m2.
After the unveiling celebration, the remaining weeks of the summer were spent extensively testing Polaris and training the drivers. The Brantford Airstrip has been an ideal location for our team, and has provided our members with the experience needed for the more rigorous training in Australia. The team has now travelled to Darwin, where we are currently conducting final preparations for the race. With scrutineering starting on October 2nd, the team must make sure that Polaris is in its full race-ready configuration for daily testing. We have been fortunate enough to be hosted by Palmerston Senior College leading up to the race, giving us an excellent work space and environment in this critical time in the cycle.
Since Monday the 25th, solar car teams have been permitted to drive on public roads on Cox Peninsula. This allows teams to practice their caravan manoeuvres prior to setting off on the Stuart Highway. We have me up with a number of other teams already, and are prepared for some fierce competition at this year’s race.
Starting on October 8th, we will be on the road to complete the over 3000km race route from Darwin to Adelaide. We will be posting updates daily as we travel through the Outback, so stay tuned on our Facebook page to keep up with our team!