American Machinist

Solar car wins with industrial-motor power.(Technology Trends)

A SOLAR RACE TEAM FROM NORTH Dakota State University took first place in the Stock Class of the American Solar Challenge. The Fargo based Sunsetters team beat out schools such as the University of California at Berkeley and California Polytechnic State University with the help of an industrial motor from Bodine Electric Co., Chicago.

During the 10-day race, cars traveled a 2,300-mile course between Chicago and Los Angeles along historic Route 66. From an original starting field of 30 teams, five failed to pass the technical and safety inspection, and five failed to qualify by not reaching minimum performance levels, leaving a field of 20 teams. Teams participated in either the Open or Stock class of the race, which are roughly comparable to professional and amateur, respectively. …

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