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The Team’s Snapshots from FSGP 2014!

Although everything couldn’t quite come together this time, the team certainly had a memorable experience these past two weeks. The mechanical team put in a truly incredible amount of work into Zephyr (I am personally on the electrical team, so I think I can say this without bragging, haha). So much of the car you see is handmade, from the sleek carbon-fiber shell to the welded aluminum chassis, with little tolerance and deviation from the models. Even the current electrical issues are only a temporary speed bump for ¬†Zephyr; we simply didn’t have the resources and time to fix them when they arose unexpectedly last Friday. I am still very proud to be part of this team, and know how much work went into designing and building Zephyr. There will be races ahead for our latest vehicle, but until then, check out some photos from FSGP 2014!

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Zephyr and friends, ready to rayce (despite the clouds)!
The truck space was heavily optimized, significantly reducing mileage
The truck space was heavily optimized, significantly reducing mileage
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Getting ready to load Zephyr into the trailer, departing from Berkeley at sunset
The rather picturesque spot in the Mojave Desert where the trailer's wheel blew out
The rather picturesque spot in the Mojave Desert where the trailer’s wheel blew out
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Switching out the chewed up wheel and what remains of the tire rubber
Sunset in the desert with CalSol
Zephyr being rolled out at the Circuit of the America, not yet adorned with decals
Demonstrating the suspension system to the inspectors, naturally by standing on it
Demonstrating the suspension system to the inspectors, naturally by standing on it
You could say we all had a few bugs in our cars
You could say we all had a few bugs in our cars

 

A lot of mechanical fine-tuning and touch-ups were done at FSGP, to say the least
A lot of mechanical fine-tuning and touch-ups were done at FSGP, to say the least

 

The glorious prototype telemetry box deserved a spot here
The glorious prototype telemetry box deserved a spot here

 

Securing temperature sensors inside the battery box
Securing temperature sensors inside the battery box

 

Zephyr's drivers studying the race track via simulation, mentally noting the turns and optimal speeds
Zephyr’s drivers studying the race track via simulation, mentally noting the turns and optimal speeds

 

Adjusting the rear-view camera placement
Adjusting the rear-view camera placement

 

Doing some late-night work on the power distribution box, the night of a record thunderstorm
Doing some late-night work on the power distribution box, the night of a record thunderstorm
Zephyr showing off its handling during dynamic scrutineering, with an especially impressive slalom run
Zephyr showing off its handling during dynamic scrutineering, with an especially impressive slalom run

We hope you’ll continue to join us in Zephyr’s future adventures, and see you next time!

 

 

 

 

By Viswanath Chatterjee

Hello! I'm Vish, and I've been part of CalSol since Fall 2013, the start of my freshman year. My main focus is electrical, but I have a good deal of mechanical experience (I've had a job at a machine shop, and have built plenty of personal projects since I was little), and should be able to help you out if you need anything technical. I also have experience communicating with companies, so let me know if you'd like help securing donations, finding contacts, etc. If you'd like to contact me, I respond to my e-mail fairly quickly.

Work hard, and have fun!