MONTREAL, June 27, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Driving 2,700 kilometres in eight days across seven American states in a solar-powered car using only the energy equivalent to that of a hair dryer: that's the challenge that Polytechnique Montréal's 18-student delegation is preparing to tackle when they participate in the American Solar Challenge, which takes place from July 14 to 28.
The competition, which brings together 23 prototypes from five countries (the United States, Canada, India, Iran and Puerto Rico), consists of driving from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a solar vehicle.
Media representatives are invited to interview the team members and watch the last tests of Polytechnique Montréal prototype, Esteban VII, before they leave for the United States. Designed and built entirely by Polytechnique students, the vehicle can reach a maximum speed of 110 km/h. Acceleration, braking and turning tests, tire-changing practice and minor adjustments will take place this weekend at the PMG Technologies Test and Research Centre in Blainville, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Esteban VII solar car project by the numbers:
- 45 students who have been working on the project for over two years
- Annual budget of more than $100,000 for the car's design
- Weight of 290 kg with the driver (30% less than Esteban VI, which weighed 420 kg)
- Expected cruising speed: 60 km/h
- Expected maximum speed: 110 km/h
- New powertrain: two custom-made wheel engines
- Carbon-fibre chassis
Esteban VII road tests
Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Test and Research Centre
100, rue du Landais
Blainville, Québec J7C 5C9
Photos and videos available upon request.
SOURCE: Polytechnique Montréal
Engineering physics student
Director, Esteban Project
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