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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.

Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol

As part of their bi-annual educational outreach tour (called the “SunRun”), members of Team PrISUm, Iowa State’s Solar Car Team made a stop at the State Capitol in Des Moines on Tuesday, May 19. While there, members were able to talk with both students and politicians about how the car works and what the team …Continue reading “Outreach brings Team PrISUm to State Capitol”

Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses

The city of Ames held its first annual EcoFair, formerly the Energy Fair, on Saturday to give Ames residents the chance to learn more about water conservation, reducing electric consumption, Energy Star appliances and other environmental issues. Participants at this years’ EcoFair had the opportunity to talk with city of Ames staff, interact with vendors …Continue reading “Ames EcoFair welcomes unique environmental businesses”

Could your next car be solar powered?

Written by Ian Edwards, Brightergy “Scotty, I’m taking the solar-powered car for a spin.” That’s something you’ve probably never heard on Star Trek. Or anywhere for that matter. A solar-powered car may sound like something straight out of science fiction, but to people familiar with the American Solar Challenge (ASC), it’s actually old news. For over …Continue reading “Could your next car be solar powered?”

Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge

With the pedal to the metal, Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 153 miles from La Crosse to Minneapolis to arrive and place third at the finish line of the American Solar Challenge. “We started the day with a fairly full battery pack of energy and we tried to drive fast (50 miles …Continue reading “Team PrISUm wins best mechanical design award; places third overall in American Solar Challenge”

Team PrISUm to visit Ames in American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm raced more than 257 miles today and was third to arrive at the stage stop in Omaha, Nebraska – the halfway point in the American Solar Challenge race. They’ll soon be on their way to Ames, Iowa – the race’s next checkpoint. “It’s a lot of fun knowing that we’ll be heading home …Continue reading “Team PrISUm to visit Ames in American Solar Challenge”

Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge

Team PrISUm lost valuable race time during yesterday’s rain, but they’re planning to make a comeback tomorrow – the fifth day of the American Solar Challenge. “We had a hard time yesterday, but we still held onto third place,” said Rachel Hoke, the team’s treasurer and a junior in electrical engineering, “and we’re slowly working …Continue reading “Heat gives Team PrISUm an edge in the American Solar Challenge”

Team PrISUm races through rainy weather in the American Solar Challenge

Rain or shine, Team PrISUm raced more than 230 miles today while holding onto third place in the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton had barely set out from the race’s first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma, when the skies darkened and rain began to fall. “We tried to beat the weather a …Continue reading “Team PrISUm races through rainy weather in the American Solar Challenge”

Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge

Today went exactly as Team PrISUm had planned for the second day of the American Solar Challenge. Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton raced more than 180 miles from its overnight stay in Decatur, Texas, and passed Principia College to take third upon arriving at the first stage stop in Norman, Oklahoma. Now Phaeton is closing …Continue reading “Team PrISUm strategizes to take first in the American Solar Challenge”

Team PrISUm charges through sunny weather, places fourth on first day of American Solar Challenge

Hot, sunny weather and a problem free drive gave Iowa State’s solar car Phaeton a strong head start on the first day of the cross-country American Solar Challenge (ASC). Team PrISUm – the Iowa State students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fourth at the ASC …Continue reading “Team PrISUm charges through sunny weather, places fourth on first day of American Solar Challenge”

Iowa State’s Team PrISUm sets speed record, qualifies for American Solar Challenge

Despite adverse weather conditions and system bugs, Iowa State’s solar racecar Phaeton set a speed record at the Circuit of Americas this past weekend. Team PrISUm – the students who design and build cars that run off the power of the sun – placed fifth at the track race hosted by the Formula Sun Grand …Continue reading “Iowa State’s Team PrISUm sets speed record, qualifies for American Solar Challenge”

ISU Solar Car Team

The Iowa State Solar Car Team is working to finish their latest car before heading to Texas this summer. There they will try to qualify for the 8 day, 1700 mile cross country race from Austin to Minneapolis. The team is hoping to improve on their 2nd place finish in 2012. For more information visit …Continue reading “ISU Solar Car Team”

Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop

As campus sidewalks cleared for the day, Dylan Neal settled behind a corner window and a bank of computer screens. He was devoting a recent midweek evening to a few more hours of solar car engineering. Neal, a freshman from St. Louis who’s studying mechanical engineering, was designing parts of Phaëton, Team PrISUm’s 12th solar race car. …Continue reading “Team PrISUm builds next solar racer; cross-country race includes Ames stop”

Iowa State’s solar cars wow students at North Fayette Valley

Iowa State University’s solar cars  inspire imagination and discussion at North Fayette Valley High School in West Union. North Fayette Valley science and I-Tech students met and interacted with college engineering students while asking questions about the solar car program on Monday. During the meeting, PrISUm team member Jeff Christensen, a junior in mechanical engineering, cruised around …Continue reading “Iowa State’s solar cars wow students at North Fayette Valley”

PrISUm to race through Ames for American Solar Challenge 2014

The ISU solar car team will travel to Texas for the start of its summer season’s biggest competition. Starting July 21, 2014, in Austin, Texas, the American Solar Challenge will end in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. The race is scheduled to pass through Ames on July 26 and 27. Iowa State’s team, PrISUm, seeks to …Continue reading “PrISUm to race through Ames for American Solar Challenge 2014”

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