Cicero-North Syracuse's hydrogen fuel cell car gears up for the race Saturday, Oct. 29 in the parking lot at Carrier Corp. in DeWitt. C-NS' car completed 72 laps on a charge, earning the team second place among six competing teams.
continued The event at Carrier was viewed as practice for the statewide competition at Watkins Glen on April 21.
“The fall event is an invitational,” Miner said. “It’s an opportunity for the teams to get acclimated to the event and to test out their cars. They’ll spend the next few months getting ready for the spring race and having sanctioned marathons.”
In an Electrathon event, the winner is determined by how far the vehicle goes on a given amount of fuel. Specific design rules are set to ensure fair competition. The vehicles designed by the teams are driven by students around a designated race course – in Saturday’s case, a portion of the parking lot at Carrier. Drivers, who must have their licenses, have to wear helmets and gloves, and cars are rigorously tested for safety.
Caz team takes top honors
In Electrathon races, the winner is determined based on how many laps the vehicle completed on a given amount of fuel provided to the battery. In Saturday’s competition, the standings were as follows:
Caz Car No. 37 – 74 laps
C-NS – 72 laps
Baldwinsville – 71 laps
Caz Car No. 12 – 64 laps
Oneida – 40 laps
West Genesee – 26 laps
Between races, students continuously go back to the drawing board to work out the kinks on their vehicles.
“Every year, we have been trying to make improvements on our vehicle, trying to make it lighter weight and trying to improve the efficiency of the vehicle,” Miner said of the C-NS vehicle. “This year, we went back to the original motor we’d been using. Last year, the motor was sized too small for the track. We’ve done some more testing on the gear rations to make them more efficient, made some changes to the brakes, and we’ve made some changes to make the driver more comfortable.”