The Mechanical Team is responsible for the physical design and contstruction of the structural parts of the car. Mechanical members use 3D computer modeling tools to help design components and analyze the forces on each part. We take safety very seriously. The end result is a lightweight car which is structurally sound and capable of withstanding whatever the road throws at us.
This suspension/chassis team is responsible for creating the internal skeleton of the car. The chassis keeps the driver safe, providing structural support for the shell and the rest of the car. The suspension and wheels are the interface between the car and the ground. The combination of the suspension and chassis must be lightweight, efficient, and safe.
The shell team designs the outer aerodynamic carapace made out of composite materials. The team improves the efficiency of the solar vehcle by minimizing energy loss due to drag forces.
The controls team is responsible for creating all mechanical systems that allow the driver to operate the solar car. These systems include the steering wheel/steering column, dashboard, parking brake and seat. Some of the major projects currently underway are the pedal box and steering column. The direction this years controls team has been taking is to make everything we can out of carbon fiber.
The vehicle's motor and motor controllers fall under the purview of the motor team. Understanding and maintenance of the motors and controllers are important to troubleshooting issues that arise during a race and being able to optimize race strategy. In addition to being in charge of off-the-shelf motors and controllers, the motor team is also taking on the new responsibility of developing in-house motor solutions that surpass those available on that market and are tailored towards our specific vehicles.