Translogic on AOL did a nice feature on the MINDDRIVE car and its students. Take a look.
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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a motor-racing shrine unlike any in the world. Since the first 500-mile race in 1911, this 2.5-mile track has given rise to dreams and witnessed untold heartache. Every imaginable kind of story has been lived out in this special place.
Last Saturday, four Minddrive students from DeLaSalle High School wrote their own story as they drove the Minddrive electric Indy car around the famous oval during Emerging Technology Day, which was the kickoff of the Indy 500’s centennial celebration. The students were Mario Ramirez, Kelvin Duley, Zack Knighten and Chan Brown. Read More→
It was intended that the car from the project last year be disassembled and it parts used by the students of this years project to construct another ultra efficient electric vehicle. No one expected the degree of interest and attention that the car of last year would command. It has been displayed numerous times this past fall and winter and there is increasing demand for it in the future. Because of this demand it will not be recycled for this coming year’s car.
In January, 2010, Steve Rees challenged seven students and 11 mentors to convert a 2000 Lola Indy car to electric power, to design a body for it and to test its efficiency when complete. The group studied aerodynamics, physics and basic automotive technology. They designed a lightweight body covered with a clear plastic 3M material, installed 21 lithium-ion batteries and created a stunningly efficient electric vehicle. The project culminated with a trip to Bridgestone’s Texas Proving Ground, where the car recorded a miles-per-gallon equivalency of nearly 300 MPGe. At one point, while Read More→
Ford Motor Co. invited Mario Ramirez and Kevon Mebane to participate in a Virtual Reality Tour. The students joined journalists for a behind-the-scenes tour of how Ford uses virtual computing to design vehicles and the manufacturing process. The culmination of the tour was an afternoon spent driving 2010 and 2011 models on the test track at Ford’s Proving Grounds.
Marty Yurjevich and Jon Stuckey made a presentation to the students at DeLaSalle High School before taking a tour of the shop and getting a close-up look at the car project. The next day, Marty and Jon hosted the students and mentors at the IndyCar race at the Kansas Speedway.
After making miniature clay models, students and mentors began the process of designing the car’s body. Basic parameters were created with metal wires and a large sheet of plastic was draped over the car. A large fan was used to simulate airflow so the students could see which shapes caused the least turbulence.
Students and mentors examined automobile components and learned the basics of automotive technology. Students and mentors were just beginning to know one another. Several students were accompanied by a parent or grandparent.
In a cold workshop, students laid eyes on the Lola Indy car that would be the basis of their upcoming project. Students removed the sidepods and undertray to reveal the basic carbon-fiber chassis tub.