Race Day Two – Quick Fixes and Fast Friends

Electrical System, Featured, Texas

One of our horns literally blew out yesterday — so we’re definitely on the right track. (Quick rule clarification for our viewers not familiar with the race rules: solar cars racing on the Texas Motor Speedway are required to sound their horn when they pass a slower car.) Yeah. We were passing so often on […]

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Race Day One – Ready for Takeoff

Featured, General, Texas

Race Day One is officially done! Over the course of the day, we performed more than 100 laps, and achieved a top speed of fifty-three miles per hour during the later hours of the race. The day’s success was met with multiple high-fives and passionate cheers from behind the pit wall. After the official lap […]

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Flying Through Scrutineering

Featured, General, Texas

The RAHS Green Energy just soared through all six scrutineering stations in one day. We hit station one — the mechanical/structural station — first thing in the morning and passed with flying colors. Although it was a bit nerve-wracking, seeing the judges gather around to look at our car was very exciting. But the work […]

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The Road Ahead: La Cucaracha Skitters off to Texas

Featured, General, Texas

The team has been on fire preparing the car for the 2021 Solar Car Challenge. The team has spent a total of 7,236 recorded hours on the car, and that’s only since February of 2021! It is so exciting to reflect back on all of the hard work, and just how far we have come […]

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June Progress Update

Aerodynamics, Featured, General, Outreach, Solar

We’re in the home-stretch of the season — with only three weeks until the car is shipped off to Fort Worth, TX, the Green Energy Team has been hard at work putting the finishing touches on this season’s car. Over the past few weeks, we’ve officially become a solar car! Our seven separate panels have […]

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Building the Solar Panel Frame

Featured, Solar, Structures

The solar array frame is one of the most crucial components of the car. Spanning the entire five-meter length of the vehicle, the frame provides the necessary support to safely and securely hold our solar array in place. Resting on top of the car’s metal chassis, the frame’s hinged design allows the team to rotate […]

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Testing the Car

Computer Systems, Featured, General

Great execution is a result of great preparation. As the weather in Seattle gets warmer, our opportunities to experiment with the car are expanding. With spring break around the corner, we are arranging to test the car in anticipation of the race this summer. Before going to Texas in July, it’s vital that the team […]

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From Car to Data Table


Computer Systems

One of the most important factors in solar car racing is creating a robust strategy to inform how we drive. Maximizing our strategic edge before we hit the track increases our efficiency, and gives us the best opportunity to bring home the win. In order to acquire data from our car and display it in […]

December 24, 2020

Aerodynamics and the Iterative Design Process


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

In finalizing the shell for the Raisbeck Aviation High School Green Energy Team’s Solar Car, the objective was to find the best-designed aerodynamic model. As the structural and mechanical design lead, I worked to complete and test our models in both Autodesk Flow and Siemens STAR-CCM+, computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software. CFD software essentially creates […]

December 9, 2020

November Team Update


Electrical System, Featured, General, Outreach

Even though the Solar Car Challenge has been delayed until next summer, we haven’t stopped working towards our goal of creating a successful, competition-ready solar car to bring to the Texas Motor Speedway in July of 2021. Over the summer, the RAHS Green Energy Team reached a significant milestone: our new solar car is now […]

November 21, 2020

Passing the Torch During these Uncertain Times


Featured, General

This is not how I envisioned my time on the team ending. I joined two and a half years ago at the beginning of my sophomore year – back then we were called Wind Team. We were a lot less organized and a lot less confident. One of my favorite memories was mounting our rudimentary […]

May 18, 2020

Chassis Build On its Way


General, Structures

The RAHS Green Energy Team has been hard at work constructing the new and improved chassis for this year’s race! We started the build process by creating a jig to ensure the chassis is in accordance with our design specifications and the Solar Car Challenge safety requirements. Alignment of core structural members was key to […]

February 18, 2020

Design 2.0


Featured, General, Structures

We are finally wrapping up the design phase and transitioning into building our second solar car. We plan to remain faithful to the first design’s successes while making significant changes to the exterior layout and solar array.  The most fundamental change is to the body of the car: In order to reduce drag, we’ve moved […]

December 9, 2019

New Year, New Team


Featured, General

Riding high off of our previous win at the Texas Motor Speedway, the next generation of RAHS Green Energy Team members are geared up and eager to kick off the new year! We’ve grown since last year. Twelve new excited members have joined the team, ready to apply their interests in a variety of different sub-teams: […]

November 6, 2019

Laying out the “Mockpit”


Aerodynamics, Featured, Structures

For the past two weeks, we have been working day and night on our first “mock-pit” design for the solar car. The frame is assembled out of our scrap metal and plywood sheets, the bars connected together with plywood gussets. Our most daunting challenge is that we have to ensure the driver can get out […]

October 10, 2019