Blue Sky Solar Racing
Blue Sky Solar Racing at University of Toronto recently unveiled its newest solar car, B-7, ready for the 3,000-kilometre race across the Australian outback. B-7 features the latest advancements in photovoltaic technologies, a brand new aerodynamic design, and improved vehicle dynamic systems, weighing about 20 per cent less than its predecessor.
We've built a solar car, help us race it!
The team of 20 passionate engineers plans to race against 46 other teams from around the globe in the 2013 World Solar Challenge this October. To raise the necessary funds for shipping B-7 to Australia, Blue Sky needs your help!
Inaugurated in 1987, the World Solar Challenge continues to showcase the development of advanced sustainable transportation technologies. Every two years, teams from leading international universities and technical institutes, together with private entrepreneurs, come together Down Under to test and promote the ultimate synergy of nature, motion and innovation.
The 2013 World Solar Challenge will welcome 47 teams from 26 countries to Australia to take part in what is the world’s largest solar electric vehicle event.
Every participating team has only one goal: to win the race. But what does it mean for us to win?
- Try our best to race as fast as possible in the upcoming race.
- Engage and learn from the different teams as part of a global innovation community.
- Demonstrate and showcase Canadian, and UofT innovative spirit.
- Ultimately, to carry with us this experience and continue pushing boundaries and build faster, more efficient cars in the next two years!
- Be one step closer to our vision of the future of sustainable transportation.
For the past 18 months, Blue Sky members have spent countless hours working on B-7. Our team of over 30 full time students, spanning from a wide range of academic backgrounds, has come together to design, build and test our newest solar car, B-7.
The Design: New Challenges
This year's regulation dictates a four wheel configuration and an upright driver sitting position, causing significant aerodynamic drag. To meet the challenge, B-7 features many advancements in the fields of photovoltaics systems, composite manufacturing, 3D simiulations and prototyping, advanced vehicle dynamics and electrical telemetry.
Fabrication: All Hands on Deck
If you want to find out more about how we designed & built B-7, you can also check out our educational initiative: Solar Car 101. There are a total of 8 presentations that will give you a more detailed and thorough introduction to our project.
And viola, here is B-7!
More photos from B-7 Unveiling: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blueskysolar/sets/72157634396038984/
Since 1997, our team has built 6 solar cars (click here to see our past cars) and entered the World Solar Challenge 3 times. Each car was a step closer towards our vision for a cleaner transportation future. Each car also presents its own challenges and our team has overcome so much that we know we cannot give up now.
Join us, be part of the movement.
To achieve unprecedented height, we need unprecedented support. We have the experience, we have the passion, and most important of all, we have a very competitive car. We can't wait to see B-7 take on the Australian outback and show the world that sustainability can go fast!
Contribute today and show the world that you, too, believe in a future with cleaner, more efficient transportation options!
PERKS: The Race Crew T-shirt
Here's an example from the 2011 World Solar Challenge:
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PERKS: B-7 Documentary DVD
Learn all about B-7, from deisgn, construction, to the adventures at the 2013 World Solar Challenge!
Check out a teaser on our YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BlueSkySolarRacing
PERKS: The Solar Cell Cut Offs
PERKS: The B-7 3D Printed Model
Isn't she cute?
Frequently Asked Questions
I've already donated to B-7's Adopt-a-cell program, can I receive the perks?
Yes, all existing adopt-a-cell donors can receive the additional perks according to their donations. You can also donate some more to get more perks. Form example, if you have already donated $25, you can add another $125 to receive a B-7 model! Just send us an email at email@example.com explaining your choices.
Can I get a tax receipt for the donation?
Unfortunately you can't receive a tax receipt for donations made through Indiegogo. But you can donate through the UofT website to receive a tax receipt.
For instructions: http://www.blueskysolar.utoronto.ca/donate/instructions-to-donate/
Where does the money go?
The money will be used towards 2013 World Solar Challenge race logistic costs including shipping the solar car to Australia and back, vehicle rental in Australia, insurance, communication equipment, etc.
I would totally contribute but I don't have any money, how else can I help?
In addition to contributing to this campaign, you can also donate your extra Aeroplan miles here:http://beyondmiles.aeroplan.com/eng/charity/436
Most importantly, you can share our story with your family, friends, and fellow sun-chasers!
Leave them in the comment section or email to firstname.lastname@example.org