July 14, 2018

Today began with a flurry of activity as we check our solar car into the garage at Texas Motor Speedway and started the exhaustive battery of safety test that the SCC has developed over the past 25 years to make sure that these cars are going to be safely road worthy f...

July 13, 2018

Today we managed to finish up all the suspension work from the night before, trailer the car over to Texas Motor Speedway, check into the 2018 Solar Car Challenge, and make a futile effort at one more attempt at road testing; however, the weather had other plans on the...

July 12, 2018

We are down to the last night before registration begins at the Solar Car Challenge and we still have so much to do.  All of the suspension fastening equipment has to be upgraded to Grade 8 bolts per the SCC rules for safety, we needed to install yet another lower gear...

July 11, 2018

This afternoon, Michael Currie came back by and helped train Jake and Shannon on the setup and administration of the Raspberry Pi based server system that allows us to obtain 1-minute granularity visibility of our new 48 volt telemetry system.  An interest side note, i...

July 9, 2018

This afternoon, Michael Currie who is an engineering student at UT Arlington helped us set up a Raspberry Pi based server system that is supposed to help us obtain 1-minute granularity visibility from our new 48 volt telemetry system.  Morgan and Jake gladly drive arou...

July 8, 2018

Today, we had a new lower gear ratio and a fresh night's sleep and we were to ready to head out for Snyder, TX again!  We did realize a modest improvement (i.e. lowering) in energy consumed per mile with the new lower gear ratio; however, the most surprising thing that...

July 7, 2018

Today, we finally started road testing on the first leg of the Day 1 Solar Car Challenge race route.  We had high hopes of reaching all the way to Snyder, TX by sundown!  However, we quickly realized that our gear ratios were still too high for the hills of this leg of...

July 4, 2018

On the way back to Fort Worth from visiting the Grandpa Bo and Granny Pat in Eastland, we took the car out again to validate whether we had finally resolved the intermittent electrical issues from the past few days, with a loose cable that we had found and tighten in t...

July 3, 2018

This day of testing involved changing out our gearing to a lower ratio try and lower energy consumption per mile.  However, the road test came to an end almost before it started, because we misaligned the change and it came off and broke within the first 100 yards afte...

July 3, 2018

Today, we continued our road testing and tried to determine if we could resolve the intermittent 48 volt electrical issues that we had discovered the day before.  On our way home, we met a sweet family with really smart kids at McAllister's in Weatherford, TX.

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