Friday, October 14, 2011

The ultimate test: 38 hours before the start of the race

Battery update:

Our shippers have failed to ship our battery pack to Darwin, Australia.

The team faces two options:
1. Charter a plane for $15,000 to ship our battery pack to Darwin (which we would maybe receive by the start of the race)
2. Build a new battery pack from nothing

True to the MIT SEVT engineering spirit, we have chosen option #2.

So here is begins: 38 hours before the start of the race the team, already severely sleep deprived, sets out to build a new battery pack for the race.

We would like to thank to following teams for offering to donate bits and pieces of their packs: Stanford, CalSol, Michigan, UNSW, and Aurora.

We have decided to use Michigan's spare battery pack, which we are now disassembling to produce our own.

Screw textbooks, screw psets, screw exams: this is the true test of engineering. It's go time:

In the meantime: A shameless sponsorship plug. Think of it as powering us through the next 38 hours of pure brains, adrenaline, and sheer perseverance.

Couple more photos:

The donations begin to arrive.

The debating begins.


  1. You all rule! We know its going to take more than a battery pack to stop MIT especially after that crazy summer. I wish y'all the best of luck!

  2. Not having an essential part like a battery pack because of external factors is the worst. Good luck assembling your new one and go for it. Best of luck. Umicore Solar Team.