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The team had a very good day today, completing five runs with only minor setbacks. Our maximum equivalent efficiency was 4,548 mpg, the highest official efficiency at the race.
The team is now on its way home from a fantastic competition with the following awards:
- Technical Innovation Award ($500)
- People’s Choice Award ($500)
- Communication Award ($500)
- Prototype Solar ($2,500)
We would also like to thank all of the PSR and Purdue alumni who came out to support us and extended their hospitality while we were in Houston. We would also like to thank all of the Shell employees and support staff that worked hard to put on another great race.
Numerous pictures and videos were taken during the race. In the coming weeks we will post any updates where they may be accessed, so be sure to check back often!
After completing our final practice runs last night and making a few final changes, the team was treated to dinner by the PSR alumni who made it out to Houston for the race. Afterward, a group of us went to the Purdue vs. Duke basketball game in Houston.
This morning, the team met with the Shell recruiting team for Purdue, who generously provided breakfast. The official opening ceremony of the race followed, and the official race photo. The team then returned to the garage to prepare the car for competition runs and installed the joulemeters.
In the morning session, Pulsar completed two valid runs, with an estimated efficiency of around 4,400 mpg. The official results will be posed as soon as they are available. We are currently back in the work bay trying to increase the efficiency even further, both through physical improvements and driving strategy. The afternoon runs begin around 2:30 pm CDT.
The team has been very busy this morning. We began the day with a live interview on Fox 59 Morning News in Indianapolis. The team then got to work making final preparations for Pulsar to complete part two of the technical inspection, which was successful. After a brief safety meeting and survey of the track, we began making our first practice runs. After fixing a few minor issues with our telemetry system, we have begun collecting baseline data that will be used to maximize our efficiency through testing the rest of the day.
This evening, WLFI TV in Lafayette will feature an interview with our president, Ted Pesyna, on their newscast at 5:00 EDT.
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!