This past July, the Western Sunstang Solar Car team travelled to Austin, Texas to compete in the Formula Sun Grand Prix (FSGP). Although SunStang did not place, the time spent at competition with other teams and students provided us with invaluable experience that we are carrying forward in our work. For all those wondering, SunStang made it out on the track for one lap, while our motor didn’t quite have the torque to get us up the hill, and the heat of the track was too high for our motor to withstand, we are taking things in stride. Thanks to the events at FSGP, we have learned what we need to improve, and we are pursuing a better motor for our car, as well as a top 5 finish in the upcoming ASC 2016! Photos of our trip will be posted on our Facebook, linked to at the bottom of this page.
The Western University SunStang Solar Car Project is a student-run mega project in which students design and fabricate a solar powered car to partake in international solar races. The team welcomes undergraduate and graduate students from all faculties and currently consists of members from multiple disciplines of Engineering and Business. Since its founding in 1991, SunStang has competed in 8 international competitions - our greatest accomplishment finishing 2nd in North America at the 1996 World Solar Challenge. SunStang creates opportunities for members to not only learn about developing solar technologies, but to apply these acquired skills to future projects. In July 2016, the solar car created by the Western University team will be travelling to the Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, PA for the Formula Sun Grand Prix, followed by the American Solar Challenge starting in Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Brecksville, OH and travelling a total of 1800km to Wind Cave National Park in Hot Springs, SD.
Looking for a dynamic team to make a part of your life? SunStang is always looking for bright young minds to contribute to our project. If you are a Western University student and are interested in joining a dynamic and multidisciplinary team, drop by CMLP 67 and give SunStang a try! We look forward to meeting you.