All Charged Up and Ready to Go

This is B-7, an entirely solar-powered car, built by passionate UofT students who believe in a sustainable transportation future. Help B-7 Race in Australia!
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Blue Sky Solar Racing
Technology
Toronto, Ontario
Canada
19 Team Members

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!

Ready to Go!

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!

WSC RouteInaugurated 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?Invest in a brighter future

  • 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.

B-7 Specs

Fabrication: All Hands on Deck

Aerobody fabricationElectrical SystemIf 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!

B-7

More photos from B-7 Unveiling: http://www.flickr.com/photos/blueskysolar/sets/72157634396038984/ 

We are more excited than ever, but we can't do this alone

 

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 & FAQ

PERKS: The Race Crew T-shirt

Here's an example from the 2011 World Solar Challenge:

Race T-shirt

PERKS: Adopt-a-cell

See: http://www.blueskysolar.utoronto.ca/donate/

Leave a comment & we'll add it to the website too!

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

Solar cell

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 advancement.bluesky@utoronto.ca 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!

More questions?

Leave them in the comment section or email to advancement.bluesky@utoronto.ca

 

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  • $1CAD
    Every Watt Counts

    Thank you! Just like our motto for building an ultra efficient car: "Every Watt Counts!", there is no minimum amount that you can contribute. We are grateful for your support and we are excited to share our journey with you!

    4 claimed
  • $10CAD
    A Little Sunshine

    Thank you for your generosity and your support for our project! With $10 contribution, you will have our deepest gratitude. To show that, we will also give you a shoutout on Twitter & a few high resolution images of B-7 in Australia. Now you can proudly display your support on your computer desktop!

    4 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $25CAD
    Adopt-a-cell Donor

    With $25 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor with the following benefit: - Name recognition on the website - Name recognition at the end of the credits for the documentary - Postcard from Australia at the end of the race with personal thank-you message from the race crew!

    13 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $35CAD
    Adopt-a-cell + Poster

    With $35 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you will also receive a beautiful limited edition B-7 poster. Size: 18" x 24" * add $10 for international shipping

    3 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $40CAD
    Adopt-a-cell + T-shirt

    With $40 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you will also receive one official race crew T-shirt to show off your support. *add $10 for international shipping

    11 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $50CAD
    Adopt-a-cell + DVD

    With $50 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you will also receive one copy of the documentary we will make after the race. This documentary will feature B-7's conception, manufacturing, testing and racing in Australia. This informational DVD will also include photos, documents, and other exclusive messages from the team. A must-get for solar car enthusiasts! *add $10 for international shipping

    4 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $75CAD
    Own a Piece of B-7 Solar Cell!

    With $75 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you will also receive a piece of the silicon monocrystelline solar cell cut off (size approx 1/2" x 5"). Encased with personal messages from the team, this solar cell will be our way of saying thank you for your contributions. It can also be a lovely living room or office desk decoration! *add $10 for international shipping *the solar cell is not functional

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $150CAD
    Solar Car Workshop

    With $150 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you and your family are invited to attend a Solar Car workshop at UofT hosted by Blue Sky team members. At the workshop, we will introduce the different systems of the car, explain the basic scientific principles, and include a toy solar car building session for the kids. *You will get a choice of two dates in Feb. (TBD later)

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $200CAD
    3D Printed B-7 Model

    With $200 contribution, you will become an official adopt-a-cell donor (with the recognition included in $25 level) In addition, you will also receive a very exclusive 3D printed B-7 model with personal messages from the team members. Approx. dimension: 15cm(L) x 6cm(W). *add $10 for international shipping

    6 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $1,000CAD
    Have B-7 at Your Event

    B-7 will visit your event of choice! We could host a workshop for school, make an appearance at your corporate event, or even come to your brother's wedding. *B-7 won't be returning from Australia until Jan1, 2014. *We require 3 weeks notice for the event. *B-7 will be on static display *at least 4 team members need to accompany B-7 at all times. *B-7 requires a safe, weather proof area.

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    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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