The night leading up to Cal Day was a sleepless night for many on the team. Watch as our team worked (and danced) hard through the night as we ensured that all preparations were complete for our big unveiling event. We cranked up the music a bit in this vid, but I’m sure you’ll get to see more of what the team has to say in some of our next videos.
We thank you again for taking your time to drop by our booth on Saturday. We had lots of fun displaying Impulse and talking about our project, passion, and goal. We sincerely hope that you felt the same way too and got to learn more about us.
Although we have completed the major components of the car, such as the shell, the chassis, and most of the electrical system, we are not taking any breaks before the completion of Impulse.
We are very pleased to announce that our shell has been painted by Shattuck Auto Collision Center with the paint donated by California Color Source! We offer the most sincere gratitude towards Shattuck Auto Collision Center, who is now our gold sponsor, for its beautiful paint job. At the same time, we thank California Color Source, our new silver sponsor, for its generous paint donation!
Impulse is nearing completion! With the completion of the shells and the rear suspension, the final chassis connections for the towing points have been welded and the access windows have been cut in the shell.
While ultimately the goal is to never have to use the towing points, in the case that we do need them, the design objective is to minimize their interference with other systems. They need to be inconspicuous, yet functional and up to regulation standards.
To go along with our shell construction efforts, CalSol has also been hard at work on our canopy for Cal Day. Our platinum sponsor, Kreysler & Associates, generously milled our canopy plug for us and we have been preparing it by spraying it with primer and sanding it down to a smooth finish.
Within the last couple of months, CalSol started the cool process that is shell construction and we are happy to report that we have finished the layups for Impulse’s top and bottom shells ! For the past few weeks members have been out to the station essentially every day working to make this a reality. Let’s describe the process that went into making it so.
As the webmaster of the team, I feel obligated to update you on the status of the website. We have made quite a few significant changes in the past few days:
- We have a new layout for the website (I hope you like it!).
- We now have a pretty dropdown menu.
- We made a gallery for the featured articles.
- We have a whole new section on the team.
- We now have design specs for both electrical and mechanical systems.
- We now have sponsor description for most of our sponsors.
- We have more descriptive documentations on our past vehicles.
- We now have a video gallery.
- We are now using Flickr for our photo storage.
- We have a new favicon.
This Saturday, for the first time, we tried connecting all of our low voltage boards together. We didn’t have a high voltage power source, so we powered everything off of 12V wall sockets. Our new battery packs should be ready soon. We successfully established CAN (Controller Area Network) communication between several of the boards.