RULES FOR THE 2013 SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE. Important Dates. September 1 to January 31 - “ Intent-to-Race” Form This notifies Race Officials of your team’s plan to participate in the Solar Car Challenge, and places your team on a mailing list to receive all event information
September 1 to January 31 - “Intent-to-Race” Form
This notifies Race Officials of your team’s plan to participate in the Solar Car Challenge, and places your team on a mailing list to receive all event information
February 1st- Preliminary Registration Document
This document includes early mechanical drawings and electrical schematics, and helps Race Officials know basic information about your planned solar car.
[See Forms Section for format]
June 1st- Final Registration Document
This set of documents provides full documentation about your project as required in Rule 3.6.
[See Forms Section for format]
Sections 1 – 3Purpose, Administration, Entries and Registrations
Final Report requirements due June 1st:
(1) Detailed drawings showing mechanical structure, including “crush zones.”
(2) Detailed schematic / wiring diagram showing electrical system.
(3) Digital team photo
(4) Manufacturer’s data sheets for batteries
(5) Manufacturer’s data sheets for solar array, including list price
NEW: No amendments to final report without written approval from
Event Director[Rule 3.7]
Sections 5: SOLAR CAR REGULATIONS5.1 – Dimensions – 5m x 1.8m x 1m 5.2 – Structure – teams must be able to demonstrate specific, adequate “crush zones.” 5.2.1 – Stability [Tilt Test]5.2.2 – Body of Vehicle – windshields required, but body isnot required unless judges determine that driving without a body would be unsafe. A belly pan isrequired. 5.2.3 – Roll Cage (required dimensions)5.2.4 – Roll Bar (required dimensions)5.3 – Power5.3.1 – Size of array5.3.2 – Array configuration5.4 – Storage of Solar Radiation in Batteries (no capacitors)5.4.3 – Main Battery Pack Fuse [125% expected currentand in separate enclosure for fuse] 5.4.4. – Battery Enclosure / Fans
5.4.5 – Supplemental Batteries – powers radios, cameras,telemetry, battery box fans, forced air ventillation,lights, computers, etc. [Requires Low Battery Warning device audible to driver. Enclosure required.]5.4.6 – Disconnect Switches184.108.40.206 – Motor Disconnect [2 separate switches]220.127.116.11 – Array Disconnect [2 separate switches][See diagram]
5.5 – Electrical System Grounding – no grounding to frame 5.7 – Wire, Insulation, Connections – properly sized wire5.8 – Seating Position5.9 – Visibility
5.10 – Braking test at Low Speed and High Speed frame5.11 – Steering and turning radius [15-meters]5.12 – Warning Systems – Turn Signals, Hazards, and Horn5.13 – Driver Safety(a) Safety Belt – 5 point lap & shoulder belt [Grade 8 bolts](b-c) Impact Protection(d) Windshield(e) Cockpit egress in 15 seconds(f) Fire extinguishers(g) Liquid container(h) belly pan(i) Forced Air Circulation(j) Driver seat provides neck support(k) Battery spill kit (baking soda)(l) Closed toe shoes5.14 – Throttle5.15 – Covers & Shields5.16 – Electrical shock hazards5.17 - Radios
6. Nature of the Event – frameCross-Country 6.2 – Taking part in special events6.3 – Items provided by Race6.5 – “Trailering” provisions6.6 – Driving Instructions6.7 – Charging6.8 – Impound7. Scrutineering8. Registration9. Starting Order10. Levels of Participation10.1.1 – Classic Division – array with 18% efficiency or less10.1.2 – Open Division – hub motor or array with greater efficiency10.1.3 – Advanced Division – use prefabricated molds or exotic batteries10.1.4 – Demonstration Division12 – Driver Meeting
13. Overnight frame14. Mandatory Stops16. Accidents – requires re-inspection18. Pushing19. Support vehicles [Lead Car, No. 1 Chase Car, and No. 2 Chase Car]23. Judging24. Penalties25. Protests29. Responsibility to CHECK UPDATES