Temperatures Affect More Than The Drivers and Crews

Bored engineers will find something/anything to build, take apart, modify or measure. Yesterday’s favorite device was an IR temp sensor that was reporting concrete surface temps of 142 degrees F, with actual air temps around 103.
Ambient temps affect team strategy, but electric FSAE teams have been sweating more than their petroleum-powered cousins because high-tech batteries don’t like the heat. DC-powered cars have temp sensors all through their systems, monitors designed to shut down the car should battery temps get too high. E-teams LOVE mild days and the Miners have caught some luck from overnight showers. It’s still cloudy at the endurance course green flag so S&T’s Artemis’ power system should operate more efficiently. E-cars will run right after lunch, followed by the faster combustion machines.
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Formula electric scoring? Eight in design out of some twenty teams and top five* in cost, skidpad, autocross and acceleration!
Their endurance race strategy is conservative. They’ve scoped out the top teams and see potential weaknesses in each, so the Miners’ mantra is ”Don’t overdrive, just finish!”
*Only five electric teams passed all inspections. Some fifteen more trailed S&T in design execution/safety. But make no mistake, this team is thrilled! They met they goal of qualifying and running dynamic events. The icing on the cake would be to finish endurance.

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