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 is not required unless judges determine that driving without a body would be unsafe. A belly pan is required. 5.2.3 – Roll Cage (required dimensions) 5.2.4 – Roll Bar (required dimensions) 5.3 – Power 5.3.1 – Size of array 5.3.2 – Array configuration 5.4 – Storage of Solar Radiation in Batteries (no capacitors) 5.4.3 – Main Battery Pack Fuse [125% expected current and 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 Switches 220.127.116.11 – Motor Disconnect [2 separate switches]18.104.22.168 – 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 frame 5.11 – Steering and turning radius [15-meters] 5.12 – Warning Systems – Turn Signals, Hazards, and Horn 5.13 – 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 shoes 5.14 – Throttle 5.15 – Covers & Shields 5.16 – Electrical shock hazards 5.17 - 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 Instructions 6.7 – 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