- Karl Shannon's 8th Annual Cruisin' for St. Jude car show
- Engineering Homecoming weekend
- Big Blue Goes Green Sustainability Fair
- Bluegrass Green Expo
The team is currently in the design phase for our next car, Gato del Sol IV. We have over 40 students working hard on eight different project teams. This includes two Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design (ME411/412) groups. We also have increasingly strong faculty support from our advisors, Dr. Scott Stephens and Dr. Vijay Singh, to help review our design decisions.
With the support of the College of Engineering we have obtained new Gallium Arsenide solar cells from EMCORE. These cells are approximately 26% efficient, compared to the 18-20% efficiency for our previous cells. This is a significant investment in the future of UK Solar Raycing, because it allows us to generate more power from a smaller, lighter car.
The plan for Gato 4 is to participate in the 2010 North American Solar Challenge (NASC). We are also conducting a feasibility study for participation in the 2009 World Solar Challenge (WSC). This race, which will take place in Australia in October of 2009, is a high-speed sprint across the continent, whereas the NASC relies more on weather and energy strategy. This would be UK's first attempt to compete in the WSC.
We are always looking for new sponsors; without their support, we would not be able to participate in this great learning experience. Gato del Sol III was made possible by:
- Belcan and Ralph G. Anderson
- Hydro Aluminum
- Stone Farm
- Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing, North America
- UK College of Engineering
If you are interested in supporting the UK Solar Car Team, please contact us at: email@example.com
That's all for now. From our team to yours, we hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving!
University of Kentucky
Solar Car Team, General Manager