Day 11: A Day at the Racetrack

So Excited!
Everyone is excited to finally have a dedicated work space out of the sun

Hello CalSol Enthusiasts!

My name is Abhay, and this is my first time writing a blog post! I haven’t had time to write them on the drive up from the south, but now that we are in Darwin, I have plenty!

Friday, October 7th was a big day for CalSol. We checked in to the Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, where we and the rest of the teams competing in the World Solar Challenge will be working on our vehicles until scrutineering. We have a nice covered garage with more than enough room for Impulse and all our equipment.

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 cutting process and we have implemented a new cooling system (consisting of a water bottle with some soap in it). This yields excellent results and so far we have been able to use just one bit for many cuts.

Many new members headed out to help Martin with some practice layups for the shell. Using molds that we made ourselves out of scrap extruded polystyrene foam, they were able to practice applying the Duratec Polyester Surfacing Primer and choose an appropriate spray gun. Two practice molds were sprayed and we are eagerly awaiting their results.

We have decided to use Rust-Oleum STOP RUST spray paint (Cobalt Blue) to coat our chassis. This paint not only looks really cool, but it will also help prevent rust build up on the chassis.

Pictures to come!