Rally time is upon us! All the work to the A45 has been completed and just in time for a test run and preparations for the first rally. The car was painted, wheel covers finished, meters installed and one final check to make sure everything is in order.
One team member got first hand experience on how to paint a car. Garrett McSorley and his dad spent a Sunday afternoon painting the car at Lift Solutions shop. Garrett said that he had painted with his dad before, but this time was different, it was on the Power Drive car that he had spent so much time building; he wanted to make sure it was done right. With the paint job completed and the beautiful decals from Unlimited Visions on the car, the team was able to show off the car to students and faculty at Louisville High School, everyone was impressed.
The majority of the teams final preparations have gone into testing batteries. Colin Larsen and Tyler Payne had a few surprises when then started testing; two of the good batteries from last year that we hoped to use again this year, no longer tested well. Those two batteries would not last more than 45 minutes. This caused a bit of a scramble and worries about what the team would do to overcome the lack of battery power. Fortunately our Mill Creek NAPA sponsor had two fresh batteries on hand that we could test. Initial testing was not satisfactory, so we had to do some research and investigation on how we could get the most from our batteries. After several test and charging sessions, we think we have two batteries that will last the entire 60 minutes of the rally.
Work has also started on finalizing the documentation portion. With all the pictures, paperwork and notes over the course of the year, much of it has to be organized and put into a portfolio that will be presented for judging in April. The documentation is part of the overall scoring that the team needs to finish well at the state rally in May. Judges will be looking for how the car design was implemented and how obstacles were overcome. They will also be looking for how new ideas and technology were used in the design of the car.
With the first rally snowed out in Lincoln, we will travel to Columbus and West Point for the first two rallies of the season. We hope that all our time and hard work will pay off.