Generation is the team’s 12th vehicle. Generation has four wheels to accommodate the 2013 World Solar Challenge which mandates a four-wheeled design. Straying from the norm, Generation’s design is asymmetric, with the driver seated on the left. The car will race in the 2013 World Solar Challenge against the world’s best solar race vehicles.
Racing successfully goes beyond building the best car, it also must be driven correctly. Race strategy involves developing detailed mathematic models of the various systems of the vehicle and using these models to predict vehicle performance during the race. We also take into account weather data from our team meteorologist, which allows us to optimize our energy consumption.
|Weight||500-600 pounds (including driver)|
|Solar Cells||Silicon Cells|
|Tires||Michelin, low rolling resistance tires|
|Top Speed||80 MPH|
|Nominal Power Output||<2 hp|
|Maximum Power Output||12.3 hp|
|Chassis & Body||Carbon Fiber Monocoque|
|Motor||In-hub, brushless electric DC motor
(approximately 98% efficient)
|Dimensions||16’ long x 5’ wide x 3.5’ tall|