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May 20, 2002
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Tech Solar Car Team Finishes Second
A team from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology finished second during the Formula Sun Grand Prix solar vehicle race held this past weekend in Topeka, Kan.
The Tech vehicle, called “Solar Wind,” completed 113 laps during three days of racing at the Heartland Park racetrack. Teams ran their cars as long as they could each day to rack up as many as laps as possible. Kansas State University beat Tech by completing 305 laps. The teams could only charge their vehicle batteries for two hours before and after the racing day. The vehicles circled the 2.1-mile course until the batteries died or until mechanical problems forced the team to stop.
“Our entry was designed using cutting-edge technology and the experience gained from the Sunrayce 95, 97 and 99 cars,” team leader Geoffrey Fecske said. “It has an integrated computer monitoring system, advanced aerodynamic optimization, and high quality mechanical systems.
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