The team has arrived in Houston and are hard at work setting up our pit area and preparing Pulsar for tech inspection tonight. The camping area has been set up and we have had our first interview with Shell’s PR team. Final touches are being made to the new driver display software, and some minor adjustments have been made to the mechanical systems.
We will be interviewed tomorrow morning live on Fox 59 (Indianapolis) Morning News at 8:10 am EDT.
Update 19:58 CDT: We successfully completed the first half of the tech inspection just before they closed for the day and hope to finish the inspections first thing tomorrow morning.
We have departed West Lafayette on schedule and are currently on the road. We should be arriving in Houston tomorrow afternoon… Only 1,121 miles to go!
Purdue Solar Racing will be racing Pulsar in the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon Americas in Houston, TX. The team will be leaving Purdue the evening of Wednesday, March 24 and drive through the night to Houston. Technical inspections will take place Thursday and Friday, with the track opening to practice runs on Friday. Competition runs will take place throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, finishing with an awards ceremony Sunday night. The team will then drive back to Purdue, returning Monday, March 29.
Check back often for live race updates during the race and in the days prior as we prepare for the competition.
For more information about the race, see the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas website.
Heading to Houston on a mission
Purdue Solar Racing prepares for 2010 Eco-Marathon
Updated: Wednesday, 03 Feb 2010, 5:22 PM EST
Published : Wednesday, 03 Feb 2010, 10:54 AM EST
Written By Joe LePage
Purdue’s Solar Racing Team has high hopes heading into the 2010 Eco-Marathon.
The team wants to pave the way for future solar travel. Their car looks like something out of a futuristic sci-fi movie, but it could actually be the future of the way we drive.
The team named their vehicle “Pulsar.”
Pulsar will be headed to Houston, Texas in late March for the 2010 Shell Eco-Marathon. The marathon isn’t your typical race; distance traveled is more important than speed.
“It really has nothing to do with speed, in kind of the essence of the race,” said Purdue Solar President Ted Pesyna. “It is who can get the most equivalent miles per gallon. What they basically do for solar, for instance, is they take the energy in a gallon of gas and they take how much energy you used and convert that to a miles per gallon equivalent.”
Purdue Solar has done well in recent years. In 2008 the group scored first place, topping more than 2,800 miles per gallon.
The team wasn’t satisfied, however. They headed back to the shop, intent on reaching even loftier goals a year later.
“Brought it back after some, I would say major, improvements with efficiency and all that, and almost topped the 5,000 mile per gallon mark,” said Pesyna.
Though the team has high hopes for the Pulsar’s chances in the 2010 race, they are already looking toward 2011. Their newest venture is the Celeritas, a solar powered car anyone can drive. They hope it will provide the basis for a new way of commuting.
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