Meet the Car
The Coppell Solar Racing Team is a student organization that designs, builds, and races a solar car named Aurora. Our car is a one-seat, solar-powered vehicle created by high school students in the Coppell School of Engineering. Students that participate in solar racing gain valuable experiences in business, technology, communications, and leadership, all skills that will aid each team member beyond solely this team. Solar does truly provide the experience of a lifetime. This year, we have plans for an entirely new car with that will be much lighter, faster, and more efficient than Aurora 15.
The team began in 2008, growing quickly from a group of students who knew nothing about solar cars to being one of the fifteen teams to compete in the 2008 Winston Solar Car Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. Since then, the team has gone through its trials and tribulations, but has steadily increased its capabilities and knowledge across many different team captains and members. Finally in 2011, the team again competed in the Solar Car Challenge, this time coming in sixth place. This was a great success for the team as the car did not need to come off the track for any repairs and ran the entire time, covering 325 miles over 4 days from racing. The most recent race, The 2015 Solar Car Challenge, was a four-day track race at Texas Motor Speedway in which we finished with a total of 200 laps and zero penalties at the end of the race. The year was highly successful, but we want to set the bar high and be a top team in this next race. We are now preparing for the 2016 Solar Car Challenge with that exact goal in mind.
- Solar Cells: Suniva Select 19+
- Battery: Power Sonic Model PG-12V55-FR batteries providing 4032 watts of power.
- Motor: Brushless 72V, 6 HP DC motor – Motenergy ME 1118
- Frame construction: 3/4" Round Chromoly tubing
This year, we will be racing our new car Outlaw in the Classic Division. This division limits the solar efficiency of the panels to 18%, and limits cars to off the shelf lead-acid batteries with a total capacity of no more than 5 kilowatts. In addition, cars in this division cannot use hub motors.