Team PrISUm takes advantage of pole position, races to lead of Formula Sun Grand Prix

The student-engineers of Team PrISUm have built a fast solar racing car and a nice lead in the Formula Sun Grand Prix. The three-day track race for student-designed and student-built solar cars continues in Austin, Texas, on Thursday and Friday.

Heatwave works to Team PrISUm’s advantage

Update: June 29 Adding 78 laps to its run on Saturday, Team PrISUm made an extreme comeback on the final day of the Formula race to land in third place. Only two laps short of first, Iowa State’s solar car completed 191 laps at the F1 race track in Austin, Texas. Even dealing with the [Continue Reading…]

Team PrISUm hopes for Texas heat at this summer’s Formula Sun Grand Prix

Two big projects are crowding the Team PrISUm garage this summer. Walk in and the left side of the garage is full of 4-foot by 8-foot sheets of polyurethane foam. The student-engineers of Team PrISUm are gluing the sheets together to build big blocks that will be machined, sanded and polished into molds. The molds will help [Continue Reading…]

Solar car hits the race pace, but is slowed by chassis repairs

The students of Team PrISUm were feeling good about the start to this year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team qualified sixth and began the day recording lap times near the top of the grid. The electrical problems that had plagued Anthelion (the $250,000 solar race car is named after the rare halo [Continue Reading…]

Solar car team ready to race at 100th anniversary of Indy 500

Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s solar car racing team, will be back on track in early May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This year’s Formula Sun Grand Prix is part of the speedway’s Emerging Tech Day, a special event celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Read the full story from ISU News Service Read [Continue Reading…]