Episode 7b: Blue Sky Solar Racing races solar car Polaris across the Outback

The 2017 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge was the 14th running of a 3,000 km solar car race across the Australian outback with cars totally powered by the rays of the sun. Teams from Universities around the world participate. In this second episode of a two part podcast we visit the University of Toronto Blue Sky Solar Racing Team and their solar car Polaris.

You can listen to the episodes separately (they are each 7 minutes long) or listen to the combined 14 minute episode. You’ll find the other 7 minute episode »» here and the combined 14 minute episode »» here.

In this episode – Under The Outback Sun – driver (and Solar Array Lead) Nasa Nguyen and Electrical Lead Nick Cusimano talk to us about what is like driving across the continent of Australia in a solar car. They are pitted not only against the environment, but also teams from many of the world’s other top engineering faculties.

In the first episode, Nick and Nasa told us about how the car was put together using purpose-built and customized elements. Everything from the solar cells to the transmission to the intricate electrical switching system are made for solar car racing.

Be sure to check out the slideshow and video below. And if you have an opportunity, support the team’s Visionary Sponsors: Barrick Gold, Baumeier Corporation, Magellan Aerospace, AC Waterjet, Celestica, University of Toronto  Havelaar Electric Vehicle Research Centre.

Slideshow: building and racing the Polaris solar car

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Video: The Blue Sky workshop and Nasa talks about the solar cells

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