Last week, Purdue Solar Racing took home first place in the Battery Electric division at the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon. The winning run reached an efficiency of 78.1 m/kWh (a miles per gallon equivalency of approximate 2,630MPGe). Navitas made a great debut as the first vehicle at SEMA to utilize solar concentrators. Other characteristics that set Navitas apart included the aerodynamic design, distinctive carbon fiber body, carbon fiber wheels, a touchscreen driver display, and an overall weight of just over 200lbs. PSR also took third place in the Student Energy Challenge for a student-made infographic on the future of energy. As this was Navitas’ first year, the team overcame many challenges bringing the vehicle to the track, making the experience incredibly rewarding. The opportunity to work among the other teams was also a great part of the experience, and the team came home with new friends and new perspectives. Check out the pictures below to see what SEMA 2013 was like!
As the 2013 Shell Eco-marathon nears, Purdue Solar Racing’s latest vehicle approaches completion. The team has been working tirelessly since the fall to manufacture Navitas, an urban concept solar car. A significant amount of time has gone into the preparation of the body molds and the carbon fiber layups, as well as the completion of electrical and computer systems. After hours of work, the body of the vehicle is now complete and the chassis has been successfully incorporated. The team is currently pushing to finish machining and assembling mechanical components, such as suspension and steering, and to integrate electrical systems into Navitas.
In addition to the Shell Eco-marathon, the Unveiling of Navitas is quickly approaching. This Friday, March 22, Purdue Solar racing will celebrate the completion of our newest vehicle with a banquet. Navitas will be revealed to corporate and Purdue University supporters, family, and friends. Following the banquet, the team will be busy testing and fine tuning Navitas before the Shell Eco-marathon on April 5-7. Keep up with us over the next few weeks on Facebook and Twitter and check out our progress in the photos below!
We have completed some of the carbon fiber layups for Navitas, and it is looking great! We could not have achieved such high quality without the excellent work of Advanced Pattern Works in machining our molds. Thank you APW for your services and support!
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Thank you to FOX for their generous donation of shocks. The FOX Float CTD shocks help ensure that we will have a reliable and high-performance suspension in Navitas. All of us at Purdue Solar Racing are grateful to be supported by a company as committed to excellence as Fox.
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