School: Sullivan High School (home to the "Golden Arrows")
Car Name: Easy on Gas (Gasoline Prototype category)
What is special about your car? Our team feels our car is special in how it is designed and built. Our car's chassis is "Weld Free" and consists mostly of adjustable aluminum extrusion that is bolted together, allowing us to easily modify or make changes as we see fit. We can adjust the car on the fly to help us improve our fuel efficiency. Many teams have welded chassis, restricting them from making changes in a timely manner.
Our team also vacuum-formed our car bodies from the ground up. We designed our bodies on CAD, built the molds, built a 4-foot by 8-foot vacuum table, built a 4-foot by 8-foot oven to heat the plastic, and created our unique bodies without any help from outside our school.
Why is fuel efficiency important to your team? Fuel efficiency is money. With rising fuel costs and the increase in demand for energy, the cost for fuel is hitting everyone's wallet. Our team is growing up in an age where you have to think about how you are going to pay for your next full tank of gas versus that neat video game you have been wanting. Kids are forced to work more hours and spend less time with family and friends just to earn enough money for a tank of gas. Fuel efficiency means less time at work and more time with friends......for my team.
Who or what inspired you on the way to Eco-marathon? Our community inspired us. Our community has really been the driving force for our team to do well. We can't go to Wal-Mart or McDonald's without someone wishing us luck or telling us how proud they are of our team. They have taken a real interest into our success, which in turn drives our team to work harder and accomplish more. We don't want to let them down.
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