Members of the 2022-2023 Bearcat Solar Car Team alongside the latest prototype.
Simulated airflow around a conceptual design of the car.
The Mechanical Team works on the design of the mechanics and aerodynamics of the car. This design is broken down into several components:
- The aerodynamic shell allows the car to reduce power losses due to drag.
- The chassis works as the framework for different components to be held together.
- The steering system and controls.
- The roll-cage provides safety for the driver.
- The suspension system manages dynamic loads.
A snapshot of the monitoring system display.
A typical hub-style motor
The Electrical Team works on the design of different electrical components of the car. These are categorized into high and low voltage systems.
- The solar array converts the sun's rays into electrical power as the car drives.
- The batteries store the power from the array to be used when needed.
- The car uses electric motors powered by the solar-arrays.
- Regenerative braking reduces the losses of power.
- Monitoring systems allow the driver to monitor the health of the different components and increase efficiency.
- Lights, cameras, sensors, and dataloggers increase the safety of the car and help make it street-legal.
Analyzing a previous solar car for inspiration