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RULES FOR THE 2013 SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE. Important Dates September 1 to January 31 - “Intent-to-Race” Form This notifies Race Officials of your team’s.

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1 RULES FOR THE 2013 SOLAR CAR CHALLENGE

2 Important Dates September 1 to January 31 - “Intent-to-Race” Form This notifies Race Officials of your team’s plan to participate in the Solar Car Challenge, and places your team on a mailing list to receive all event information February 1 st - Preliminary Registration Document This document includes early mechanical drawings and electrical schematics, and helps Race Officials know basic information about your planned solar car. [See Forms Section for format] June 1 st - Final Registration Document This set of documents provides full documentation about your project as required in Rule 3.6. [See Forms Section for format]

3 Rule Overview Sections 1 – 3Purpose, Administration, Entries and Registrations Final Report requirements due June 1 st : (1) Detailed drawings showing mechanical structure, including “crush zones.” (2) Detailed schematic / wiring diagram showing electrical system. (3) Digital team photo (4) Manufacturer’s data sheets for batteries (5) Manufacturer’s data sheets for solar array, including list price [Rule 3.6] NEW: No amendments to final report without written approval from Event Director[Rule 3.7]

4 Sections 5: SOLAR CAR REGULATIONS 5.1 – Dimensions – 5m x 1.8m x 1m 5.2 – Structure – teams must be able to demonstrate specific, adequate “crush zones.” – Stability [Tilt Test] – Body of Vehicle – windshields required, but body is not required unless judges determine that driving without a body would be unsafe. A belly pan is required – Roll Cage (required dimensions) – Roll Bar (required dimensions) 5.3 – Power – Size of array – Array configuration 5.4 – Storage of Solar Radiation in Batteries (no capacitors) – Main Battery Pack Fuse [125% expected current and in separate enclosure for fuse] – Battery Enclosure / Fans

5 5.4.5 – Supplemental Batteries – powers radios, cameras, telemetry, battery box fans, forced air ventillation, lights, computers, etc. [Requires Low Battery Warning device audible to driver. Enclosure required.] – Disconnect Switches – Motor Disconnect [2 separate switches] – Array Disconnect [2 separate switches] [See diagram]

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7 5.5 – Electrical System Grounding – no grounding to frame 5.7 – Wire, Insulation, Connections – properly sized wire 5.8 – Seating Position 5.9 – Visibility

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11 5.10 – Braking test at Low Speed and High Speed 5.11 – Steering and turning radius [15-meters] 5.12 – Warning Systems – Turn Signals, Hazards, and Horn 5.13 – Driver Safety (a) Safety Belt – 5 point lap & shoulder belt [Grade 8 bolts] (b-c) Impact Protection (d) Windshield (e) Cockpit egress in 15 seconds (f) Fire extinguishers (g) Liquid container (h) belly pan (i) Forced Air Circulation (j) Driver seat provides neck support (k) Battery spill kit (baking soda) (l) Closed toe shoes 5.14 – Throttle 5.15 – Covers & Shields 5.16 – Electrical shock hazards Radios

12 6. Nature of the Event – Cross-Country 6.2 – Taking part in special events 6.3 – Items provided by Race 6.5 – “Trailering” provisions 6.6 – Driving Instructions 6.7 – Charging 6.8 – Impound 7. Scrutineering 8. Registration 9. Starting Order 10. Levels of Participation – Classic Division – array with 18% efficiency or less – Open Division – hub motor or array with greater efficiency – Advanced Division – use prefabricated molds or exotic batteries – Demonstration Division 12 – Driver Meeting

13 13. Overnight 14. Mandatory Stops 16. Accidents – requires re-inspection 18. Pushing 19. Support vehicles [Lead Car, No. 1 Chase Car, and No. 2 Chase Car] 23. Judging 24. Penalties 25. Protests 29. Responsibility to CHECK UPDATES


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