Month: November 2010

Vehicle Name – Impulse

After careful consideration, debate, and discussion, we have chosen a name for the next-generation vehicle of the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team. CalSol is proud to present Impulse. Impulse (im·pulse) noun: 1.the influence of a particular feeling, mental state. 2. an impelling action or force, driving onward or inducing motion. With this name CalSol hopes to capture the team’s overwhelming desire to move forward, both figuratively and physically, in the coming years.

Saturday RFS Worksession

On Saturday, November 13th, CalSol members headed out to the station to work on the new car. Chassis team members were facing a problem with the bits that were used to notch the tubes. The bits were breaking after very little use. After some investigation we discovered that not enough coolant was used during the …

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Chassis Update

This past week CalSol finally got around to testing the strength of the beams and welds that will be used in the next car. Thanks to the help of Scott McCormick and the rest of the guys in Hesse Hall we were able to use an Instron Universal Tester to gather some valuable data on …

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Out of the shadows

Well, we figure we’ve kept everyone in the dark for long enough. CalSol is excited to give a first glimpse at the shape of our future, a new body that promises aerodynamic performance far beyond what we’ve produced in the past.  Unfortunately, we’re going to have to keep the exact details of what we expect to …

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