Mid-Summer Update – Powering Up and Strapping In for FSGP 2015!
Viswanath Chatterjee ////
It’s just three weeks until the Formula Sun Gran Prix at the Circuit of the Americas race track in Austin, Texas, and the CalSol team is looking forward to driving with and competing against the rest of the solar car community! We haven’t posted in a while, and there haven’t been core design changes lately, but the excellent state of this car and this team has us feeling optimistic for FSGP. Addressing potential bugs (mechanical, electrical, and code), implementing optimizations to squeeze out every watt we can, and testing the systems has kept us plenty busy lately, so check out some photos of the work!
Tidying up the wires and securing connections in the all-important battery box
Reinstalling sturdy enclosures to hold up and protect the various boards on the underside of the top shell
Revising boards to include additional safeties (gotta love capacitors) and power routing optimizations. Shout out to Bay Area Circuits for all their help with the PCB’s!
Building the solar array for an off-site “electrical test bed”: a scaled-down version of the electrical system!
And with a mini solar array comes an equally adorable mini battery box
Mechanical folks contemplating life. CalSol is life.
Installing an improved hinged fairing door mechanism with a carbon-fiber axle
Road-testing Zephyr, which now has a few hundred miles on it, brings us admirers of all ages
We’ll be sending out updates during the race, or post another photo gallery at the very least. See you all then!