Notes from the Project Manager

The year is shaping up to be pretty eventful for us. As many of you may know, 2015 is our 25th Anniversary of racing solar cars - it's hard to believe that our first car, Sunrunner, raced in 1990. We're incredibly lucky that we have such a rich history: 25 years of stories, failures, and successes that we can build on. The 25th Anniversary is going to be a common theme you'll see in all our media this year. We've got some pretty big plans for 2015 and we can't wait to share them with everyone.

A lot has been going on this past week, both in terms of our next car and the team. Last Wednesday, we unveiled our 2015 race crew - these 20 guys and girls will be taking the summer and Fall semester off to manufacture, test, and race Michigan's next solar car!



This week we also received all our machined plugs from Ford - they've been a tremendous help; our plugs were made with tooling board donated by Axson and DUNA-USA. It's an indescribable emotion to see the machined plugs for the first time; Jiahong and Ryder, two of the team's aerodynamicsts, were in awe - they both spent months perfecting the aerobody in Siemens NX. To see their creation in person for the first time was an unbelievable feeling! 


Two days ago, we sent a crate with supplies to Baltimore - the crate contained tents, lights, and other various equipment that we'll need in Australia. Today, we sent our semi-trailer on its way as well, where both the crate and the semi will begin the several month sea journey to Oz, courtesy of Höegh Autoliners.

It's hard to believe that there's less than 160 days until the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge... each week from now on will be busier than the last.