Full speed ahead: local students at Berlin Raceway

Local students are taking part in the National Electric Cart Association Race at the Berlin Raceway, in Marne. Currently four cars are entered in the NECA challenge.  Three of the teams / cars will enter the stock class, meaning that we can only spend $2,500 in costs to build the car.  The cost does not include the cost of batteries and safety equipment such as seatbelts, brakes, and isolation switches.  This is the second year that engineering students will enter their car in the open class where there is no limit to the amount of money that can be spent on the car.

The students are responsible for designing, building, and race management of the cars.  The Engineering class works with Auto, Diesel, Welding and the Electronics class to complete this project.  On race day each of the four class instructors will be the mentor for one of the four each teams.  Each team will have students from each class on the race day team.  This will allow for a friendly competition between students and staff.

Currently we have a sponsor (Michigan Fluid Power) for our car that is running in the open class. They will be purchasing many of the items that are above the “normal” $2,500 that we use to build the cars.  We do not spend $2,500 on each car, but we must claim the value of all purchased equipment regardless of how much we were able to obtain them for.  We must provide a list of material, vendors and parts numbers to race officials in the event that someone would like to inquire how much is spent on the cars.

The cars are powered by two 12-volt batteries that have the ability for give us 55 amps of power for one hour. All teams must use approved batteries for the race – this ensures that everyone has the same available power.

The drivers for each car must weigh or have ballast to equal 160 pounds. This to create a level playing field for all teams.  The drivers must weigh-in before and after each race to ensure that we are carrying the proper “load”.  If the driver fails to weigh-in or make the minimum weight, that car is disqualified for that race. Come out to cheer on local students as they gear up for the National Electric Cart Association Race at the Berlin Raceway in Marne.

Race Dates:        May 2nd and May 16th 2014

Location:              Berlin Raceway, Marne, MI

 Times: 8:00am – Arrival

8:30am –  Inspection

9:30 – 10:00am – Practice

10:30 – 11:30am – 1st Race – Oval Track

11:30 – 1:00 – Set-up & Practice

1:30 – 2:30pm – 2nd Race – Road Course

3:00pm – Trophy Presentation

Done by 3:30pm

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